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The drums are quite a unique musical instrument due to the special role they play in any band or orchestra. Unlike most other instruments that play a melody, the drums focus fully on providing the rhythm and timing. Of course, this doesn't diminish the role that drums play in a band and for most styles of music, the drums or percussion are essential and all the other musicians rely on them.
These differences are what draws people to the drums. Even those who already play another instrument can be drawn in by the allure of a drumkit. With more and more people are opting to learn the drums, let's see why you should learn how to play them, the challenges drummers face, and how private tutorials are a great way to aspiring or experienced drummers to improve their playing.
Just because you don't need to learn melodies or chords to play the drums, it doesn't mean that they're easy to play. You must study how to play the drums as it comes with a whole host of benefits.
Drumming involves being able to keep time and anyone who already plays another instrument will know just how important this is in music. By playing the drums, you'll eventually learn to have impeccable musical timing. While you can always play along with a metronome, you'll want to develop a reliable sense of timing so you don't have to use one.
By learning to play the drums, you'll also learn coordination. Drumbeats involve independent use of both arms and both legs and with regular practice, you'll develop impeccable coordination.
Learning to play the drums will also teach you more about music in general. While you mightn't be focusing on scales, melodies, and tonality, drummers need to learn more about the effect different rhythms can have on the music. A quick change of the drumbeat can completely change how a song sounds and feels.
Drumming is no walk in the park. Drummers have to work hard and in addition to being one of the most tiring instruments to play, they are arguably the most important member of any band. Without the drummer, the other musicians could end up completely lost.
A drummer's first main challenge is to develop their sense of rhythm and timing. It's pointless playing incredible drum beats if your timing is all over the place. With regular practice and the help of a private tutor, you should be able to develop your sense of timing. Practise makes perfect and you'll eventually be able to keep consistent time during every song you play.
While developing your timing, you'll also need to learn to coordinate all your limbs. This can be tricky at first and you'll often find yourself hitting drums you're not supposed to as you get confused but once you master the independent use of your limbs, you'll be able to start tackling some really interesting drum beats.
Even when drummers aren't playing the drums, it isn't always plain sailing. Drum kits are big, bulky, and cumbersome. You need to find somewhere to store them and also find somewhere to set them up in your house. If you can't keep your kit assembled permanently, you're going to have to regularly pack it up between practice sessions.
The size of a drum kit also makes it quite annoying to transport. If you have a small car, you're going to struggle to take it anywhere and there's little chance you'll be able to take your drum kit on the bus. Unlike a guitar or bass, which you can throw in a flight case and take everywhere with you, drummers have far more logistical concerns.
Drum kits are also noisy and probably won't make you many friends if you live in a block of flats, for example. Electronic drumkits can be played with headphones in and you can get practise pads to soften the sound of the drums but these aren't the same as playing a real kit at full volume. You need to carefully choose where and when you practise if you want to keep everyone happy.
Private tutoring is arguably the best way to learn how to play drums. Since you can't get group lessons, most drum lessons will be between you and a single teacher. However, unlike at a music school, a private tutor will give you far more choices in terms of what you want to learn.
With a private tutor, you're essentially the boss and as they say, the customer is always right. Of course, a good tutor won't have you running before you can walk but if you're not interested in certain types of drumming, most will be happy to let you focus on the styles you're interested in be it rock, jazz, classical, pop, etc.
You'll also avoid picking up bad habits. While many great musicians have been self-taught, you always run the risk of picking up bad habits. The easy way to do something might work at lower levels but as you progress, you'll start to see why things are done in certain ways. It's much better to get it right at the first time of asking instead of having to unlearn a bad habit later on.
Drum tutors are also great for those who haven't yet invested in a drumkit as many of them will provide you with a kit that you can use during the sessions. While they probably won't let you keep it, you'll know that you don't immediately have to pay for a kit when you start learning.
Superprof is one of the quickest and easiest ways to find drum tutors in Birmingham and the Midlands. After a quick search, you can view the profiles of plenty of private drum tutors, compare their rates, and see if they offer the first lesson for free. Use these free lessons to try a few potential tutors out and see which ones work best for you. Make sure they specialise in the kind of music you want to play, too!
If you can't find any suitable lessons in Birmingham or around the Midlands, you can always learn from an online tutor. Generally, online tutors are better for music theory than the practical side of things, but a professional teacher with experience can put together a practice plan for you and leave you to try out of the exercises at home on your own time.
Whether you want to learn to play rock, jazz, drums, guitar, bass, or any instrument, private tutoring is the way to go!
Are you looking to begin to play the drums?
There are currently 8 drum tutors available to give drum classes in Birmingham and the surrounding areas.
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There are currently 8 drum teachers offering drum lessons in Birmingham and the surrounding areas.
Take a look at your teacher's personal tutoring advert and contact the drum instructor that corresponds to your needs. On Superprof, we have drum instructors covering all types of musical styles and abilities.
In Birmingham, drum teachers charge an average of £22 for drum courses.
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Did you know you can even take music lessons online?
On Superprof, many of our drum tutors also offer online tuition. About 80% of teachers across our platform give drum lessons online.
To find available online lessons, just select the webcam filter in the search engine to see the available tutors offering online courses in your desired subject.
Online courses via webcam offer you more benefits in terms of flexibility and are often less expensive as the teacher does not need to travel.