In the world of drumming, practice is everything. However, all practice is not created equal. When we practice, we want to get the most out of our efforts and below are some of the best ways to practice drumming.
1. Use practice pads. Not only are practice pads a wonderful investment because they allow you to practice almost anywhere, but they can also help you maintain a comfortable relationship with family, friends, and neighbors. Practice pads can be acquired relatively cheaply, but there are also expensive, digital versions that offer the added benefit of practically total silence. Regardless of the kind of practice pad you choose, the important part is actually using it. While it may not always be feasible to practice drumming daily, a regular drumming schedule is going to get your further than only playing whenever you feel like it.
2. Have a practice schedule. The difference between expert and amateur drummers is often as simple as dedication level. If you want to get really good at something, you must do it regularly. A practice schedule will help you get in regular, predictable play time. Eventually, your schedule will become such a normal part of your routine that you will feel weird if you deviate from it. That is a good sign, because improvement comes on the back of persistence. It is a good idea to practice in the same place for your scheduled playing because the consistency will help with focus, but it is not necessary. If you regularly practice at home at 3pm, but can’t make it home one day by that time, don’t sweat it. Break out the practice pads and have your 3pm practice where ever you happen to be.
3. Jam live. Practicing alone, at home or at Starbucks with your practice pad, is great. Any time spent practicing is time well-spent. Don’t forget to play with other people, though. The benefits of playing with other musicians are invaluable. You will be able to test your skills in unpredictable ways, as well as see your own drumming from a different perspective. Not everyone has the opportunity to drum live with other musicians, but if you do, take advantage of it.
4. Use a metronome. A list of the best ways to practice drumming would be incomplete without a mention of time-keeping skills. Metronomes can be a life-saving friend to a drummer. When you sit down at your scheduled practice time, one of the goals you work on should be keeping time. There are a variety of ways to challenge yourself using a metronome once you feel timing is not an issue for you and the practice will only help you become a better drummer.
The more you practice, the easier it gets to practice and master the drumming skills you want. Stay motivated, listen to your favorite songs, and never lose sight of what makes you happy... drumming!