Schedule Time for Practice and Play

2018 02 25

The art of drumming is a lifestyle, not just a hobby. To be a great drummer, you need to be diligent and committed to mastering how to play the drums. Once you have developed this skill, the reward can be immense. Indeed, a drummer that plays for a lifestyle is starkly different from one that plays for a hobby. The distinction between the two lies in being disciplined and having the self-control to do daily practice. In this guide, we will share some tips with you that will accelerate the rate at which you master how to play the drums.

Schedule Time for Practice and Play

One of the worst mistakes you can make as a drummer is not setting aside the time for practicing and time for playing. In your practice time, you should work on aspects such as drum beats, stick control, etc. Playtime is needed to apply the drumming techniques you have learned in real life situations. Majority of drummers mix up the times for the two activities; they end up only playing some of the bands they love. Schedule a time for practice in one week and a time for play as well.

Use a Pad for Practice

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While this tip is an apparent one for training, it means a lot more than it sounds. When you are practicing, you need to use half the time to practice on the complete drum set. Then, use the second half on a practice pad. A lot of drummers know this but seldom engage in it. Using a practice pad is beneficial because it compels you to pay attention to your stick control. However, when you practice on a complete drum set, there are many distractions at your front, which make you want to play around the set instead focusing on just a technique.

Consider Using a Pillow as a Practice Pad

Majority of drummers don’t use a pillow as a practice pad because it absorbs the full stroke and there is almost no bounce from it. This is the reason behind making use of a pillow: To compel you to work harder since when you don’t get any bounce from the drum or pad, you will be forced to employ your wrists to bring up the sticks again.

Have a Target for Every Practice Session

Don’t be like some drummers that don’t set any practice goals. Try and develop your objective for each session. It doesn’t have to be a target that is unrealistic that will stretch you beyond your limits; just choose a reasonable goal. Let the target be both sensible and challenging. For instance, you can set a target to play a double roll at 185 beats per minute (bpm) in a session and 190 bpm in the next session.


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Practice Using A Metronome

This is a crucial practice tip that is often ignored. If you practice without using a metronome, it can affect your drumming negatively because you may develop the skills for playing a drum fill or solo off time. This will help you immensely to improve on your timing and over all skills as a musician. Don't overlook this small but important step.