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A Beginner's Guide to Playing Drums: Where Should I Start?

April 5, 2023

A Beginner's Guide to Playing Drums: Where Should I Start?

Ready to start playing drums? Learning how to play can be exciting and rewarding – but there are a few things that you should do before you dive in headfirst – you’ll be glad later on that you’ve taken a few steps to prepare for playing drums down the road.

So you want to learn how to play drums? The good news is that it’s not as hard to learn to play drums as it may seem at first. With the right instruction, and a bit of practice, you’ll be pounding out rhythms in no time. 

But where should you start? In this guide, we’ll walk you through the basics of playing drums and give you tips on getting started. Let’s get started!

Are Drums Easy to Learn to Play?

Drums are one of the most popular instruments in the world – but are they easy to learn? That depends on a few factors:

  • First, it’s important to have some sense of rhythm if you want to learn how to play the drums. If you can clap along with a song or tap your foot to the beat, you’ll likely find it easier to pick up the basics of drumming. 
  • Second, it’s helpful to have some prior experience with music. If you know how to read sheet music or have taken other musical instruments, you’ll have a head start in learning the drums. 
  • Finally, it’s also important to be patient and persistent. Like any new skill, it takes time and practice to master the drums. 

But if you put in the effort, you’ll be making beautiful music in no time. Sign up for drum lessons to learn the basics of the instrument – and check out more of the advantages of doing so by watching the video below: 

How Do I Start Playing Drums?

Drums are a great way to add rhythm and beat to any music. They can be played solo or as part of a band, making them a versatile instrument. If you’re thinking about picking up drums, there are a few things you’ll need to get started.

Find a Qualified Drum Teacher

This is one of the most important steps, and just so happens to be the first one you’ll need to do! The key is to find a drum teacher who is passionate about drumming, but also knows how to cater your lessons to your individual needs and goals. Keep in mind: even if you’ve found the best drummer in the world, he might not be the greatest teacher.

To begin your search, think about your goals, playing level, and schedule. Browse the teachers in your area, and be sure to check out the reviews posted by current and previous students!

Gather Your Equipment and Books

Before your first lesson, you will also want to make sure you have all the equipment and practice books you need. Chat with your teacher beforehand to see what he or she recommends or would like you to bring to the first lesson.

If you’re trying to save money – or aren’t sure if you’re ready to commit to the drums – it’s totally fine to start off with just a set of sticks and a practice pad. You can decide whether you’re enjoying yourself (and who wouldn’t be?) while still picking up concepts, and use the money you’re saving on expensive equipment to pay for private lessons right away. This way, you’re developing the right drumming form right from the start. Just remember you’ll need to buy a full drum set at some point.

For your drum sticks, don’t be overwhelmed by all of the different types available! Drum sticks come in different sizes as well as shapes, with the tip of the stick being made with a variety of materials. You’ll want to have different sticks for playing cymbals in a concert band than you will playing a drum set in a garage band. This is where talking to your instructor before making any