What Is Drumming All About?
Basic Things You Need To Know About Drumming?
Many drummers don’t seem to ask them selfs,some questions like, this Drum I’m playing or this Drum I’m about to play, what’s is it all about, what are the benefits,how will I grow in my drums career or talent.
I’ll be telling you some basic things you need to know about drumming. Firstly the question is
Who Is A Drummer?
In a simple way a drummer is a Percussionist or a Drummer is a musician who plays the drum set. A Drummer provide rhythm and beat to a performance, play the drum during studio recording sessions, and contribute to the production of music.
As a drummer or an Up coming drummer you have so much work to do in a music band or group
As a percussionis to be successful you should have excellent rhythm, superior timing and consistency, and be self-motivated,Drummer should be dedicated, creative and work well with his band.
Now we’ve Known who is drummer let’s look at some Responsibilities a drummer performs in a band
Responsibilities Of A Drummer
- Generating the beat and timing in music/or in a band
- Playing at events and live performances.
- Motivating band players to perform their best.
- Attending rehearsals regularly.
- Recording music in the studio.
- Participating in tours.
- Promoting events and music.
Having Looked at some list of Responsibilities a drummer should purchase,lets look at some Requirements a drummer look into
Requirements A Drummer Should Adapt To
- Training and skill in percussion.
- Must be creative.
- Must be able to take initiative.
- Work well in a band
You should Know that in everything we do there are benefits attached to it, so does drumming have its own benefits.
Benefits Of Drumming
- Drumming Makes You Happy as a Drummer; For example if your in a drum class learning or playing you will see that you derive joy drumming.
- Drumming Helps Induces deep relaxation. In one study, blood samples from participants who participated in an hour-long drumming session revealed a reversal in stress hormones.
- Drumming Helps control chronic pain. Drumming can certainly serve as a distraction from pain. And, it promotes the production of endorphins and endogenous opiates, which are the body’s own morphine-like painkillers.
- Drumming Helps in Boosting The immune system; Studies show that drumming circles boost the immune system. Barry Bittman, MD, neurologist and President of the Yamaha Music, has shown that group drumming actually increases natural T-cells, which help the body combat cancer as well as other viruses, including AIDS.
- Drumming Creates a sense of connectedness; Drumming circles and group drumming classes provide an opportunity for “synchronicity” in that you connect with your own spirit at a deeper level while also connecting with other like-minded people.
- Drumming Aligns your body and mind with the natural world; The Greek origin of the word “rhythm” is “to flow.” Drumming allows you to flow with the rhythms of life by simply feeling the beat.
- Drummig Provides a way to access a higher power; Drumming is a means to integrate mind, body and spirit. They focus on the whole body and then integrate the healing at both the physical and spiritual level by drumming, which connects spiritual forces.
- Drumming helps In Releases negative feelings; The act of drumming can serve as a form of self-expression. You can literally drum out your feelings. When held, negative emotions can form energy blockages. The physical stimulation of hitting the drums can help remove those blockages. Drumming has even been used therapeutically to help addicts deal with their emotions.
- Drumming Puts you in the present moment; While drumming you are moving your awareness toward the flow of life. When you are flowing with the rhythm of life you cannot be caught up in your past or worrying about your future.
- Drumming Helps in personal transformation; Drumming stimulates creative expression. When you drum in a group, you not only get to self-express, but you get feedback from the other drummers. It’s the equivalent of talk therapy! Drum circles provide a means of exploring your inner self, and expanding your consciousness while being part of a community.
How To Grow in Drumming
1. Develop Muscle Memory; This is mainly the basic in drumming make sure you learn your strokes like paradiddles (basic beat drum patterns). Play with your eyes open for 20 minutes, and then close your eyes and get your snare drum hand in sync with your metronome or click. Visualize your kit in your mind, think of it as an extension of your arms and legs. When you practice with your eyes closed, you develop muscle memory in your arms, legs, feet, and hands.
Once you have locked in with the metronome, try to play by feel. You can play on the front of the beat like most drummers, or you can be like Ringo Starr and play on the back of the beat.
2. Learn to Keep To Timing; Just as the clock on your laptop keeps the time, it’s your responsibility to keep the time for the songs you play. Try using headphones and synchronizing them with your laptop so you can have the click in your ear. Practice keeping time with the songs you hear on the radio. This is a great way to learn because the work is already done for you by more experienced drummers.
3. Work With Others In The Band; Your band mates can help you improve as an individual. On stage, they can lock in with you and make suggestions to help you improve. Try bouncing ideas around with your band mates. This creates a fun dynamic. Your band members can also give you valuable feedback that can help you become a better drummer. If you’re not in a band, you can still learn how to work with others. Your teacher is a great resource to provide feedback and suggestions to help you improve. If you have friends who are musicians, ask them to listen to you play, they may have some great tips to help you get better.
4. Use Video; Make sure you have a regular exercise pattern to warm up. Play in 4/4 time, and film yourself so you can evaluate your weekly progress. I don’t suggest posting your video on YouTube just yet, but keep it handy so you can use it as a learning tool. Analyze, assess, and re-evaluate. Think of ways to reinforce the things you do well, and then take note of what you can improve. Did you notice anything sloppy about your playing? If your style is already loose, try to play with more precision. Want to play faster? Remember, speed is a byproduct of accuracy.
5. Make it Swing; Play 3/4 over a 4/4 beat to make the song swing. This is an old jazz trick. Paul McCartney does this to creat effect in some of his songs. Start slow and gradually increase the tempo. Some drummers have amazing endurance and stamina, and with some practice, you will, too. Even the world’s greatest drummers had to start somewhere.
6. Start Slow when Practicing; Pick easy songs that you love to play, and start playing a cover of that song, follow every beat and Timing Of The Song.
7. Master the Basics Before You Develop Your Style; Study different genres; pop, rock, jazz, Latin, classical, etc. Pick your favorite drummer from each genre and focus on what you love about the way they play. Once you master the basics, try to incorporate your own style.
8. Develop Both Hands; Relax your hands when you hold your sticks. Your dominant hand will naturally be stronger at first, but you can work on developing your weak hand. Use your right hand to strike the soft notes, and use your left to play the more pronounced beats. Now, flip your sticks over, and use the fat end to play more aggressively.
Next, try using brushes to play a soft, ballad-like style. Now you’re creating notes using dynamics that occur naturally in music.
Your drum set is an extension of your eyes, hands, and feet, so practice working them both together and separately. Your eyes will follow your hands around the kit, and your brain knows to let your feet do their job with the hi-hat and kick drum.
If you combine these tips with consistent practice you will expand your range and improve your drumming skills. Remember, it takes work and effort to improve, but it will be worth it in the end. Drumming is physically demanding, but it’s also mentally satisfying. Now it’s time to just play and have some fun. Don’t be afraid to be creative and adventurous.
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