Beginner drumming tips are extremely useful because the majority of drummers are self-taught! And since self-taught drummers don’t have a music teacher to provide them with any of the tips...lists like this one can be really helpful!
I have been drumming for well over 10 years, and had never gone searching for any tips. And I wish that I could sit here and tell you that my drumming techniques turned out perfectly fine...but I can’t! The fact that I didn’t go searching for beginner tips MASSIVELY hindered my ability to play the drums properly in regards to style, comfort, and technique!
But, I don’t want any other first-time drummers out there to make the same mistake that I did. So, I came up with a list of tips :)
Some of these tips are common sense, and others were created by some of the most talented drummers of all time. However, they are all useful, and will help anyone that is learning how to play the drums!
Without further ado, here are some of the best drumming tips for beginners...
A Loose Grip On Your Sticks
Purpose: Faster Drumming
The majority of first-time drummers make the mistake of holding their sticks very tightly. To top it off, drumming with that tight grip becomes second nature in as little as 3 sessions!
Gripping the sticks tightly will significantly limit the drumming speed that you can achieve because it requires you to push down on the stick to hit the drum, and pull up on the stick to lift it off of the drum head.
Drum heads are bouncy by nature, so a loosely gripped stick will simply bounce back up. Having the stick bounce back up for you will eliminate the need to lift it by pulling back on the stick! Simply put, loosely gripping your sticks will allow you to drum much faster!
A Comfortable And Centered Seat
Purpose: Access All Of The Cymbals And Drums
I have seen WAY too many beginner drummers trying to drum while sitting on a chair or house stool.
Not only will this hinder your ability to learn how to play the drums properly, but it will also end up making you feel sore!
I know that drumming stools cost quite a bit of money, but the matter of fact is that they are absolutely ideal for drumming. They come with a padded seat, so your rear end won’t end up hurting after an hour of drumming. They also swivel, which will allow you to turn your body to adjust to playing all of the drums in the kit.
Amazon has all sort of drum stools, and I actually bought mine from there for $32 (with shipping included). Please don’t rule out the option of a drum stool because of a limited budget without checking out the drum stools on Amazon first!
In regards to the placement of your seat, I would recommend placing it to the front-right of the snare drum. You will know that your drum stool is in the right position if your right leg is lined up with the center of the bass drum, and your left leg is able to press down on the hi hat pedal to the left of the snare drum. This seat placement will allow you to access all of the drums and cymbals on your kit (provided that you have placed them where I do), while still remaining comfortable.
Start Slow And Eventually Gain Drumming Speed
Purpose: Learn To Play Drum Beats ACCURATELY
It seems that many people move onto playing really fast drum beats before they have effectively learned how to play them at slow speeds!
One of the most important drum tips that I can give to beginners is to start playing drum beats slowly, and eventually try to play them progressively faster!
This will allow you to learn to play each drum beat more accurately, which will in turn make you a much better drummer! Avoid the mistake that most new drummers make, and learn a new beat by playing it slowly for the first little bit!
Begin With A New Drum Beat By Counting Out Loud
Purpose: Ensure That You Are Staying On Time
I know that this can be absolutely embarrassing (especially if you are playing the drums in front of other people); however, it will really develop your mental tempo, and allow you to be one of the best drummers on the face of this earth!
The one thing that you should be doing whenever you learn a new drum beat is play it while counting out loud! Not only will this really allow you to perfect the drum beat that you are learning, but it will also ensure that you are playing the drum beat in the proper time!
And after all, the last thing that you want to do is learn a new drum beat in wrong time!
Pick A Style That You’re Good At, And Stick With It
Purpose: MASTER A Specific Style Of Drumming
There’s no way to deny it...every drummer has a specific “style” that they play best!
A great tip that I have given to people is to play in the style that you are best at! For instance, some people are good at incorporating many drum fills into a beat; those people should really focus on learning new drum fills, and incorporating all of the toms into them! Other drummers are great at incorporating ghost notes into their beats; those people should really master the art of playing a ghost note, and incorporate them into every single beat that they play!
*My personal “best” style is playing very “busy” drum beats. I tend to incorporate many extra ghost notes, snare shots, and bass pedal hits into all of my beats*
Throughout this post, there are 5 tips that beginner drummers can use! Not using these tips could lead to you developing bad habits, and really hindering your ability to play the drums. I would highly suggest that you write these tips down, place them beside your drum set, and really make an effort to use them!