Most bands seem to have a drummer and even though they may not get as much respect as other members in the group, it is important to have a good drummer. If you are reading this and you want to learn more about being a drummer then I say keep reading. I am by no means a drummer but we have a fantastic one in our group and he is one of the happiest people I know. How awesome is it to watch a drum solo at a concert? Think how much fun it would be to play one in front of an audience! Lets take a deeper look at getting started.
Getting a Drum Set on the Cheap
If you are serious about learning how to play the drums then I would recommend picking up a drum set. It is usually a big investment but you can find deep discounts locally. If you are on the fence I would purchase a basic practice pad and some drum sticks to try. This will help you get a better idea if it is something you can stick with. If you have friends locally that are in a band, I would see if the drummer will let you use his set to play around on. If you are lucky they may even give you a free lesson or two.
If you know you want to get a drum set I would check locally to find a deal. Sometimes you can find almost new drum sets for over half the price. They will usually give you everything they have including drum sticks, music and a drum throne. See what you can get in your locally area if you are not rural.
Learning How to Play the Drum Set
So you have everything you need to start playing your drum set or practice pad. The first step is learning how to hold your drum sticks. Most people clench their fists around their drum sticks instead of having a loose grip. There are three different types of grips, but I recommend following the video above until you get a hang of playing. Here is a great resource on drum sticks and playing drums: http://musicnuke.com/free-online-beginner-drumons-today . Another thing to remember is make sure you stretch and warm up before you start playing. I have seen some serious injuries and they usually take a long time to recover from. Again, take it slow and be safe when playing.
After watching the video, replay it again a few times until you really absorb the information. If you really want to get good at playing the drum set it is important to practice. Now everyone has a different idea of what practice is. I recommend that you set time aside at least 3-4 times a week. Everyone’s schedule is different and if you can only play on the weekends I get it. If you have time during the week, practice! Playing in smaller blocks more regularly will help you master the drums more quickly. The most important thing about playing the drum set though is, have fun with it all! If you have drum questions then reach out here or other drum online resources. There are more people that play the drum out there than you think. Another wonderful
It is so easy to forget why you started with your music career. Sometimes things get a little hard on your own or in a band and you have to refocus. Maybe someone in your group is being difficult to deal with or financial problems have come up. Well, it may be a good time to take a good look at where you are at and look back at why you started. Everyone’s path is different but there should always be passion with you music or why do it? I don’t want to confuse anyone by saying it wont be hard so lets take a look at some things that will help you get back on track.
Tips and Tips to Help You Realize You Music Goals
If you are going to pursue a career in music then I just want to say this before we get started. It will always get tough for you at some point and time regardless. This isn’t to say things getting hard are a problem though. Why would you want to do anything if it wasn’t challenging? So a good outlook to have is look forward to failures. This is when the learning is done.
I wanted to quit my music career many times and I remember I found one reason to keep me going. Sometimes it was friends or just my love for music that I had to remember. It will be different for everyone but it is always a good idea to take some time for yourself and remember your purpose. I almost went bankrupt from going after my dreams but I made it through and now make a living playing music in venues.
Your Music Career Will Take Hard Work
Just like everything else you will have to learn a new skill to succeed and put many hours in of effort. It is important to schedule time everyday to hone your craft and make sure you are progressing. Work out that muscle memory and focus on your goals. Sit down and right out what you want and how you want to get there over time. Writing down goals will help you see the path you set out before you.
After you have your goals written down, tell your friends about them so you can’t back out of them. Take your music seriously and put your money where your mouth is. If you lose motivation with all of this. Reach out to me or someone in the community to help get you back on track. Stay motivated and have fun with your music career. It is one of the most rewarding experiences.
The guitar for me is one of the most beautiful instruments that has ever been made. It helps me deal with life and I play when I am sad or happy. I have played some of my best music when I went through something traumatic and came out better than I was before. If you are thinking of learning to play the guitar then I recommend that you give it a try. It will change your life if you keep at it and learn on a regular basis. There is so much information out there that you can find for free to get you started. Now the hard part is picking if you want to go acoustic or electric.
First Things First When Looking to Play Guitar
So you have decided that you want to play the guitar and you don’t know where to get one. Well there are many good resources available to you on the market and you can either look locally or online. The first question you should ask yourself is what kind of budget should I set for myself? This will vary from person to person and will help you get an idea of if you should buy used or new. If you end up buying used, make sure to do some research.
Most people if they are somewhat social will know someone that plays guitar. Connecting with someone that knows how to play the guitar will save you plenty of time and learning pains. Also, they may be able to give you a few lessons. If they are willing, have them go with you to purchase your guitar and even let them play it. This is your best bet buying used and you can find a lot of deals on the market.
If you are looking for a beginner electric guitar I would recommend the squier standard telecaster or the epiphone les paul 100. Both are cheap and will give you great results as a beginner. If you go acoustic then the Epiphone Dove Pro acoustic may be a great choice for you. These you can find new and used online but make sure to get what you want when purchasing a guitar.
Video of guitar lesson online:
This video goes through a three week process to get you started right out of the gate. This is video one and you can find more for free on youtube. Whats great is this is for someone just picking up the guitar for the first time. There are so many different videos but I would watch these a couple times a row to get a hang of each lesson.
I would still recommend making a budget to spend on at least a few private lessons with a live person. Even if it is just a friend, you will learn so much more from a live lesson than you will trying to watch someone online. Real time feed back is the most important thing to learn good habits. The most important thing I would say though it go easy on yourself and have fun with the guitar. Let me know how your first lesson went in the comments below.
Thinking of Starting a Band
If you want to start a band then a good beginning point is to watch this video. It is always good to make sure other members in the band share the same interests as you so things run smoothly. This website is dedicated to good music and the creating of it!