Drums are a type of instrument made only for the most diligent, hardworking and patient ones among us. Hopefully, you have come to realize that in the first few times you have taken up the instrument, and by now you have figured out if learning to play drums is the right choice of instrument for you. Today, we will be telling you about the common rookie mistakes that many aspiring drummers make – and how to overcome them.
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Comparing your progress to that of other people
In other words, spending hours looking at videos of experienced drummers or even professional drummers, beating yourself up about your own progress and wondering when you will be that good. If you ever embark on this self-pity train, just drop it.
Just like everything else, becoming good at playing drums is a learning journey with plenty of twists and turns; more importantly, everyone’s learning journey is unique. By comparing yourself to others or setting the bar too high (expecting to sound like a professional after only a few months’ learning), you are doing nothing but ruining your motivation and making the experience of playing drums boring and discouraging. Don’t worry, you’ll get there!
Not practicing enough
This is, ironically, especially the case with those of you who tend to drool over professional players and beat themselves up. If you are spending more time looking at other people’s videos and lessons than practicing, you are doing something wrong.
Like we said in the beginning, learning how to play the drums requires patience and diligence. Stay focused throughout your practice and do your best to organize it well so that all aspects of playing are covered and you work on all your skills equally.
Holding your sticks wrong
This is more of a technical rookie mistake. Many aspiring drummers, especially those that are self-taught, neglect the importance of holding your sticks somewhere along the middle of the shaft at all times. Make sure to “check-in on yourself” every once in a while and see where your sticks are.
By holding the sticks too high up or too low down, you will just make your music sound worse (we want the sticks to bounce off perfectly!) and possibly hurt yourself. After a while, holding them properly will be second-nature to you and you won’t even have to think about it.
Not warming up before extensive playing
This is another technical mistake which can have devastating consequences. Playing the drums is a physical exercise, and as such, it always requires warming up so that your muscles are ready and your body is relaxed. If you delve straight into full-blown playing without doing some introductory exercises (e.g. rudiments or sticks), you are putting yourself at a risk of injuring your back and shoulders. Warm-up is key!
Never learning to read drum notation
Yes, we know that you probably never want to play in an orchestra. Nevertheless, neglecting drum notations will leave you short in many aspects. Drum notations are a big part of the music, and you don’t want to think of yourself as a half-musician do you? We know it’s hard, but you just have to power through. Diligence, remember?
How many of the mentioned rookie mistakes did you make when you were beginning your drum learning journey? Can you think of any more common mistakes? We’ll be happy to hear your opinion in the Comment Section below!