I was at a music festival and ran into my good friend Spencer Smith yesterday. For some that do not know him, he is an up and coming drummer that is helping beginner drummers get started in the community for free. I picked his brain and posted some of his best tips for getting started on this blog. If you have a moment you can always reach out to him on social media for any drum questions.
Drum Music and Getting Started
If you already have a drum set then you are ready to go but some of you may be curious about playing drums. If you are certain you would like to play the drum set, then I recommend getting a basic kit to get started. You can usually find these locally or second hand depending on the area you live in. If you are unsure if you are ready to make that commitment either find someone you know that has a drum set you can try or just pick up a basic practice pad.
After you have decided what route you wanna go, it is a good idea to pick up some other drumming equipment. Some of the things you will need are drum sticks, drum music, and something to sit on. When you are getting ready to play, it is always a good idea to make sure you stretch and warm up. You can always injure yourself while playing drums so be safe when playing and don’t over extend yourself.
Some basic things to start off with are going to be drum rudiments. Rudiments are the building blocks of drumming and every drummer should take the time to learn the basics before moving on to more advance materials. I have included a video below on your first rudiments that you will learn as a drummer and as you advance, the rudiments will as well. The best advice that I can give is to take it slow and master one thing before you move on.
Reading Drum Sheet Music and Rudiments
When looking at drum music, you will notice that there are different notes that indicate different things. If you are lucky enough by purchasing a drum set then you will have other items than just a snare drum. Some of the other things that will come with your drum set are the hi-hats, bass drum, and other possible cymbals. Each different note on sheet music will represent one of these items. Music nuke has provided some images of what drum sheet music looks like so you can use it as a reference.
If you are brand new to all of this then it is a good idea to go easy on yourself. There is no rush to learn everything over night and to make sure you have mastery over one thing before you move on. Setup time 3-4 times a week to practice and stick to it. In no time you will be a great drummer and be able to move on to more advanced things.