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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.

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