Tips to Preparing for Your First Drum Lessons or Any Music Lesson
There are many among us who love to listen to music. I know I do. It’s one of those things that many of us simply cannot do without. But did you know that taking up music lessons such as drum lessons for beginners and experts or any other musical instrument is actually a lot better than listening to music alone? True, listening to music has a lot of health benefits. But, actually playing a musical instrument to create melodies and rhythms further improves these health benefits. And I’ve seen first-hand just how much playing music can improve a lot of our selves, especially playing drums. If you would also like to start benefiting from playing the drums, then you may want to really prepare for it. If you’re nervous because it’s your first time, don’t worry because I’m going to share with you how to prepare for drum lessons to make it very interesting and enjoyable for you.
Always come with questions as well as new materials.
I found out that teachers prefer students who don’t have the experience or may lack the necessary knowledge about the things they are supposed to be learning. I find it rather amusing since the mere fact that you are going to take up drum lessons, then we should assume that we know nothing, right? Why on earth would you want to take up lessons when you already know what you’re doing? The implication is for you to ask your teacher about a lot of things. You are not there just to stand and listen to your teacher’s instructions. The important thing to understand is that you should always ask your teacher about things. Don’t worry if you sound stupid but you are simply accepting the fact that you know nothing about this activity, which is why you are asking questions. And teachers like students who ask. It goes without saying that we must be pretty familiar with our own skills. We must be ready to accept our own shortcomings and be able to talk to our teacher about this so he’ll know what to do. For instance, if you clearly don’t know how to hold the drum sticks properly, then we could talk to our teacher about this. If there’s one particular song we would like to learn, we can also talk to our teacher about this. The point is, if we are willing to learn, then we must be willing to ask questions that will help us learn.
Ask your teacher for homework.
If you really want to prepare for your drum lessons, do it proactively. This simply means, even before you start with your actual lessons, then you need to ask your teacher about homework assignments before the actual lessons can begin. For instance, you can ask about any specific book that you may need to buy or even techniques that you have to practice first before your first drum lessons. You can also ask about YouTube videos or any other online content that the teacher often uses in his lessons or even to help students better prepare for their drum lessons. You can write any of your teacher’s instructions, tips, materials, tricks, page numbers, and even song links which may come in handy when practising. If your teacher recommends some practice materials for you, make sure to perform them before moving on to the next difficulty level of difficulty.
Commit to your daily schedule.
The key to learning is commitment, whether it is drum lessons or even academics. Most drummers I know practise at least 20 minutes every single day even before they head to the music studio. This is a lot better than warming up for one hour before the actual drum lessons. This simply means committing 20 minutes of your daily schedule just for practising. Say, if you have committed to practise every 8 in the evening, then make sure to stick to this schedule. If you watched a YouTube video on drumming, then devote 10 minutes for that so you’ll be extending your practise sessions to 30 minutes. Understand than when we say 30-minute practise sessions, it’s the actual 30 minutes playing your drums and not 10 minutes preparing, 10 minutes playing, and 10 minutes resting while on your drum set.
Get ready with your materials.
It is critical to organise your drum materials at home so you’ll be ready anytime. From your drum set to the supplies that you’ll need to practise, it’s advisable to have them organised in just one place. This also means that if you have to take your drum lessons paraphernalia with you every time you attend your lessons, make sure to put them back in their respective places upon returning home.
Drumming can bring you a lot of benefits. Trust me, I know. And to help you prepare for your drum lessons, just remember these tips I shared with you and you’d be drumming your way to a better you.