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Rookie Mistakes – For Drummers

There are several mistakes which many beginners make that can easily be avoided.

1) Try to teach yourself. This is a huge mistake as you don’t have the knowledge, experience or objective feedback necessary to progress.

2) Try to learn online. Although this has become popular for some students, this method doesn’t give you the immediate feedback and corrections. Also it doesn’t allow for immediate interaction, immediate answers and it tends to be a one size fits all approach. This is problematic because everyone has different skills, learning ability, questions, etc.

3) Try to progress without mastering the fundamentals. Learning drums is like building a house-you need a solid foundation before you can start adding levels.

4) Focusing on reading and writing music before you can play. Learn the fundamentals and then learn to read and write music. It will be much easier to learn and make more sense.

5) Don’t take lessons from a qualified instructor. The easiest way to move forward and become an elite drummer is to find someone who knows what they’re talking about and you can relate to him or her.

6) Don’t practice consistently. It’s better to practice 15 minutes every day than 2 hours once a week. We learn through repetition and regular practice helps build the neuro pathways necessary for high level drumming. 

7) Forget to have fun. Form a band, play along with your favourite bands, interact with other drummers.

These things will help to accelerate your learning and make your drumming experiences more enjoyable.

Power Drumming Canada coaches beginner, intermediate and advance drummers to be the best they can be. 

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Overcoming Plateaus – For Drummers

At some point you will hit plateaus with your drumming. There are two areas to consider in order to overcome plateaus.

The first one is skills. Hitting a plateau from a skills perspective is relatively easy to overcome. Here are some suggestions: set new goals, vary your practices both in terms of length and frequency, study some world class drummers for new ideas ( I highly recommend Thomas Lang-he is simply the best drummer I’ve ever studied), try learning new styles of music-rock, blues, reggae, jazz, etc, learn about areas which may need some attention (time signatures, composing, reading and writing music).

The second area to consider is motivation. Here are some suggestions to increase your motivation: the most effective approach is to take a break. Whether you need a few days or a few weeks, take a complete break-no practice, no playing, no thinking about drumming. Wait until you’re excited to start playing again and then hit it with both guns blazing. Another motivation idea is to try something completely out of your comfort zone-start a new band, start writing a new drum solo, start writing songs, attend a drum clinic or music camp.

If you plan out a strategy using some or all these ideas you should get back on track and come out the other side a better drummer.

Power Drumming Canada coaches beginner, intermediate and advanced drummers to be the best they can be.