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It’s more than just a hobby to be a drummer, it’s a choice of lifestyle – of one that takes shear commitment and determination to succeed. If you challenge yourself enough then it will work out for you drummers. Learning and being able to play drums can be one of the most rewarding things anyone can do in their life. But it’s not easy to learn drums and be truly committed… how do you get to that level of drumming ability? There is a definite difference between a guy who plays for a hobby and a drummer that chooses to learn and develop their drummer because of their choice that they want to make it their life. The big difference is practice, discipline and attitude. Being able to discipline yourself to practice regularly is the only way that you will improve and learn as a drummer.

A few tips that I would like to share with you that I have given to my students who I teach drum lessons in Dundee to. These tips have been developed over the years of me as a drum tutor in Dundee, these should speed up your learning and take the chore out of your practice.

These are my essentials that I give to my students going through drum lessons in Dundee.

Get on that practice pad!

This is obvious when practising your technique, and one that any drum tutor in Dundee will share with you (hopefully!!). I believe that you should split your drum practice into two… 50% on the practice pad and 50% on the drum kit. This is a common principle between us drummers, but a lot rarely follow the advice. One of the best things about practising on the pad is that you are absolutely forced to develop stick control. On the kit, it’s likely that you will be distracted and want to burst into performing your new favourite fill…. so my advice for learning stick control and technique is STICK TO THE PAD. All you need is a pair of drum sticks, a metronome (lots of good free apps out there!) and a practice pad. Another tip, would be to try practising on a pillow once in a while… this will really work out your wrists and you will be forced to use them to bring the sticks back due to lack of bounce in the pillow… it’s not as easy as you think.

Get practising with a metronome

Don’t have to go into detail much with this tip, but I cannot stress the importance of doing so enough. If you don’t practice with a metronome it can seriously hinder your drumming progression and technique so that you’re doing more harm than good. Our duty in a band is to keep time… we are the metronome. So if our timing is all over the place, how on earth can we LEAD a band?

Bare in mind though that it’s not all boring practice with a metronome, and it doesn’t have to be. Put those headphones on and play along to your favourite band… as most of them will be professionally produced and will be recorded on time. This way you can listen and play along to your favourite songs. But don’t get distracted by the song. Keep your discipline.

Set goals

This is something that a lot of drummers fail to do during a practice session. It doesn’t have to be something really unrealistic, but must be reachable. Challenge yourself accordingly based on your drumming level and be sensible. It’s so import to set a goal when practising drums – if you don’t then you’ll have no drive to keep learning and challenging yourself. This is what makes drummers reach PRO! A simple goal would be to increase the tempo when doing your stick rudiments. So, for example, start at 150bpm and increase it to 155 or 160 bpms… very achievable and a realistic goal. You’ll feel yourself progressing by ticking off those kind of goals… small steps.

Feel free to message me with any questions or feedback.


Stu Milne