Getting Started With Your Drum Set

Posted on July 28th, 2016 | post in Music Life |No comment

Drums for me are one of the most rewarding instruments out there to play.  Not only can you pick up the basics of the drums over a weekend, it is so rewarding to play.  If I feel frustrated at the world, it is perfect to go out in my garage and have a jam session.  Now even though you can learn the basics of drumming in the beginning it will take a lot of practice and dedication.  Also, you will be sore from all the effort you put in and you will have to build up your chops.

Getting Started With Your Very First Drum Lesson

Resource for all drummersMy first question when I was getting started was where am I going to find a drum set to play on.  At that time, I was unsure if I even wanted to buy a drum set because they can be pretty pricey.  So I started asking around to see if one of my friends had one that I could practice on.  He said that he didn’t play anymore and I could come over and play.  Immediately I was hooked and ended up buying the drum set off of him.  If you don’t have the money to get a drum set right out of the gate you can pick up a practice pad off of the internet for 20 bucks.  You can find an additional resource by going here.

After you either have a drum set or a basic practice pad we can start learning how to play the drum.  Now before we start playing on the practice pad there are still some things that need to be addressed.  First, in the video below it shows up how to properly hold our drum sticks.  This is important because you want to let gravity do as much work as possible and you don’t want to grip the stick to tightly.  First if you hold the stick with to much pressure you will be unable to play the drum quickly and also you increase the risk of injury.  Also, you don’t need to use as much force as you think you would.  There are two major types of grips and the video will go on to discuss this further.

Getting Started With Your First Note on the Drum Set


All of these videos are fantastic for getting your started.  First you have how to hold your drum stick and beginners techniques.  These techniques are something every drummer uses and I would suggest revisiting the lessons on a regular basis.  The last video moves past that and helps you play some notes on your drum set or practice pad.

Last Thing When Starting With Drums

Now that you have some beginning lessons, it is a good idea to practice on a regular basis instead of only 1 or 2 times a week for longer periods.  You want your playing to become habit and this will be the fastest way to get there.  Don’t give up on the drums though.  It may seem like you start off slowly but I have included a link to Spencer Smith’s homepage where you can reach him and ask drum questions.


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