In this series, we’ve been exploring the fundamentals of drumming. You can read part one here.
Every drummer had to begin at the very basics, and the fundamentals are crucial to one’s growth as an instrumentalist.
Let’s begin this section with the basics you need to master as a drummer.
The Basics You Need to Master
If you’d like to become an expert drummer, the following basics must be mastered.
First, you need to become acquainted with the four basic drum strokes: full stroke, up stroke, tap stroke and control stroke. It’s important to become comfortable with each. Practice them until they feel like second nature to you. The paradiddle, single stroke, double stroke rolls and other rudiments are also building blocks towards developing more skill as a drummer.
In order to become a well-rounded drummer with expressive musicianship, sound technique and a solid feel for time, you need to master the following five styles and grooves:
- Pop and Rock grooves
- Slow grooves
- Jazz and Swing grooves
- African-based grooves
In addition to that, setup & ergonomics, rudiments and basic musical skills should be prioritized. Drummers also need to choose their stick technique, which usually comes down to standard classical grip or matched grip. However, some particularly skilled drummers have mastered both.
Having a skilled and qualified teacher to assist you in your progress can really enhance your learning experience.
Lessons are conducted in a variety of environments, from studios in storefront locations to home environments. Since you can choose from a variety of teachers and options, it’s not hard to find a solution that matches your budget and schedule.
Using Your Senses
It is essential for a drummer to understand other instruments and their place in a piece of music. This can help you to figure out what role you should be playing in any given piece.
Oftentimes, the vocals are the most important part of any piece. As a drummer, you should be sensitive to the vocalist and assist them in achieving the best performance possible.
You can also improve as a drummer by watching and listening to other skilled drummers who have gone before you. There is a great deal you can learn just by using your god-given senses.
Regular practice is of the utmost importance for any instrumentalist, including drummers. It has often been said that practice makes perfect. It might be more accurate to say that practice makes you better, though the overall sentiment is the same.
Don’t expect to progress as an instrumentalist without dedicating time to practice. The more you practice, the more you will improve, though you can’t underestimate the importance of consistency and sustainability either. In other words, how much time can you set aside for practice on a daily basis?
At minimum, you should own a pair of drumsticks and a practice pad so you can stay on top of your game.
By studying this guide on the fundamentals of drumming and applying it, you can achieve your goals as a drummer and become the kind of player you would like to be.