Imagine you were facing a drum set. You were blankly staring at it; you just can’t stop. Now, you got that familiar itch right there remembering when you had that you tried to play your father’s guitar. Unfortunately, you ended up breaking one of your father’s treasures.
You can’t just bear that itch, though, then pronto you just found yourself holding those slim drumsticks, and you’re feeling like a Hogwarts’ live band performer.
Then you dropped beats!
You were caught up in that very moment that you got into another problem; you woke up your neighbors with what they call “noise pollution.”
That, right there, is a social problem isn’t it? You don’t want that.
Well to avoid such circumstances, you should try to do some of the common yet necessary ways on how must you play those drums without giving your neighbors a pain in the neck. Let’s cap them up.
1. Don’t strike the drums too hard
You may have already got the idea on this. The noise comes from thumping too much or too hard. It will be fine if you are performing in a big arena, then you can give your all, but note that you are inside a cornered room so the echoes feedback. That may crash their ears.
2. Don’t hit too soft either
Come to think of it, if you’re going to drum it softly who’s going to hear you playing? There might be a scout lurking out there looking for talented people; you might miss your chance. This might contradict #1, but the key point with the both is to normalize your volume. You may ask someone, may it be your friendly neighbor or you’re friends (ask them to visit some time!).
Key Point for numbers 1 and 2: Normalize your volume.
3. Play with your Feelings
Yes, this is one of the most effective ways to create new music ladies and gentlemen. Just let your feelings come out. They’ll come out naturally as you are playing. Your feelings are your foundation to make something beautiful, and they are also the bridges to make a connection between you and your audience. Just don’t let that feeling overflow as you might violate #1 (or even #2).
4. Make a beat not fleet
Means make a good tempo, don’t be too hasty. No one is running after you, so you have all the time in the world. Don’t rush into making your music at first. You will get there.
First things first:
a. Plan everything, may it be with your group or alone. That’s how things work; be systematic.
b. Practice in a normal pace and with normal volume.
c. Put into effect or execute (in a gracious way).
That adds up to your “3Ps.”
5. Set with other Accompaniments
Let those electric guitars, pianos, and other instruments out. You’ll make more refined music when you are with a group. Listen to your rhythm and let the music happen.
Nevertheless, music is music. You create music. All that you have to consider is your surrounding (to avoid nuisance), and even yourself. It’s not the question that starts or ends with “Can you?” It is with the question, “Do you?”Do you have the passion for doing music? If you think you have it, give it a try and follow those mentioned steps to avoid defying social norms (at first).