Drums look easy to the eye. Many people believe that just popping a beat is enough to create a sound. Some even believe that there is no need to learn about how to hit the drums since it doesn’t take that much effort to learn about drumming at all. But such prejudices will only eat back at you if you continue to believe in such things. There are actually proper tunes, beats and rhythm that a drummer must follow and build up on it. Without the basics properly enforced into the drummer’s body, you can tell that they are creating a dull sound as soon as the drumstick hits the surface of the drum.
Those who love to learn drumming can tell that they need to learn from an expert in order to get the timing of the beat right. Such individuals have realized that hitting the drums is not enough to create a beat.
As a beginner of learning drums, you should start with the very basics. If you plan to learn from an instructor, they will likely provide a practice set for you, especially the ones that are established to provide music lessons, like at a music center. Avoid getting distracted from the drum set kits that professionals use. That is a big investment and you only need to decide on that when you decide that you pursue to become a drummer.
At this point, forget about the large kits – you will settle first with what most basic drummers get – a practice pad or snare drum and a set of drum sticks.
You’d probably raise your brows as to why only these two you are going to prepare. What you will learn first are the basics. You will be focused more on the form and maintain the rhythm.
You will be given the simplest task on your first few days such as getting a good grip on your drumsticks. This is then followed by learning the basic beat – your instructor will likely let you listen to a song that has the simplest beat to follow. You are to follow the beat of the music simultaneously so that you will get a good feel on hitting the drum and at the same time keeping the rhythm. When you practice on your own, practice by listening and beating on the same rhythm with the song that you are playing. Avoid music that utilizes a wide array of percussion instruments since this will only confuse you.