I'm a new member in this forum, this is my first post
. I have been playing drums only a half year
. I play drums because I really love it
and I learn it by myself
I have a small question which I think any beginner may ask the teacher: "How to become a good drummer?".
I hope I will receive your answers. They may be about your exprience.
I'm not good at English
so I feel difficult in describing my thinking
. But I promise I will try my best in the next posts.
Thank you for viewing my post and your replies!
sign up for the live lessons tell'em thelonegunman sent you. You will get good fast.
I was thinking about what it takes for a player to become a real elite player. I was gonna make it it's own thread, but here's as good as spot for my list as any.
1. Play a lot -- You can't really get good at playing, without playing.
2. Get a teacher -- Find the best player you can find and learn from them. Know, that even if you have never had a lesson in your life, you are not self taught! Self taught would imply that you've sat down on a drumset, never heard anyone play ever, and figured it out on your own. If you learned how to play by listening to music, then you've been taught by that person. So take lessons. I suggest getting lessons in a traditional sense by finding a teacher and studying with them, but take lessons gained through listening to music, and going to drumming websites, and drumming message boards too. As a side note, I've played the drums for 12 years, I've been taking lessons from Mike Johnston for almost 4 months, one of my life's big regrets now, is not having taken lessons with a teacher before. If only I could go back knowing what I know now.
3. Rudiments -- These are the building blocks of drumming. Having a good grasp and ability to perform these will allow you to find away to speak in any musical situation. All drumming from the kit, to snare, congas, and bells, use some combinations of rudiments. And learn them with your feet too!
4. World Beats -- These are great! Many of the world grooves are very complex and difficult. Not only do they spark imagination by getting a drummer out of, le olde 2 4, as I like to say, but they teach 4-way independence, stick control and musical creativity. And they're usable. Books that teach independence through the use of exercises aren't usually usable in a musical sense. I don't think anyone has ever been asked by a band leader to play a groove using a beat found on page 14 of New Breed. But you could get asked to play a Bossa Nova, or a Samba, maybe a Songo or two.
5. Metronome -- Play with a metronome. Play with one slow. Learn to feel the space between the beat, which is imo, more important than the beat itself. Learn to take that pulse from the metronome and groove baby. The ability to take something robotic and unmovable like time, and make it swing and feel, is a skill that a drummer must develop to become great. Learn to play in front of and behind the pulse. Become a metronome in the sense that you keep time and never let up, but a metronome with a heart and a soul that can make people feel too!
6. Listen to lot's of music -- I know we all have our favorite types of music. But to be a great drummer you must master all types of music! When you've got bills to pay, you have to make that money by any means necessary and be prepared to play any style asked of you.
These are what I believe to be the steps to become an elite level drummer. Those that are great or good sacrifice parts or whole sections from this list. Those that are okay or poor probably never do any of them.
I'm curious as to all your thoughts on my list? I'm sure its not a 100% accurate or complete but I jotted down notes on a McDonalds wrapper on my way to the gig last night thinking about this stuff.