When you start learning to play the drums, a big factor in how well you progress is your practice routine. Now, we know that it’s not always fun to take time out of your day to practice. But you know it’s fun when you finally nail that drum solo from your favorite song. That’s why you need to create the best drum practice routine by thinking of practice time as a movie.
The plot is the basis of the entire movie. You can’t proceed until you have a foundation in the form of a story to tell. For drumming, your plot is sight-reading, drum rudiments, and sticking. Just like a movie can’t be made without a plot, you won’t be able to improve your playing until you have those basics down pat.
Actors help bring the movie to life and give the plot meaning. When you follow your drum practice routine, the “actors” come into play as you learn beats to a song, start transcribing music, and work on mimicking solos. This tasks can’t be done with your basics, and they also make use of your basic drum skills.
The Special Effects
You don’t really need special effects to make a movie, but don’t you love seeing them anyway? Instead of adding explosions to an action scene or CGI effects to a Sci-Fi movie, when you practice drumming, your special effects come in when you improvise. This is your time to add some flare to your drumming and let loose to create whatever sounds that you want.
At Grace Music School, we can help you create a perfect drum practice routine that fits your learning needs. For more information or to schedule a lesson, call us at 631-239-6169 (Fort Salonga) or 631-470-9705 (Melville).