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Playing the drums isn't like a lot of other musical instruments. You can tune a drum but a drum doesn't play a tune or melody. This doesn't mean that the drums are inferior in any way, shape, or form to any other musical instrument, though, they just play a completely different role as they provide rhythm and timing for the piano, guitar, etc.
Everything that makes the drums different is also what makes the drums so interesting and a lot of people are drawn to the unique way you play the drums and the part they play in a band or orchestra. This is why more and more people are opting to play the drums either in a music school or with the help of a private tutor.
Let's see the benefits of playing the drums, the challenges drummers face when learning, the ways a private tutor can help, and how to find one.
The drums make up for their inability to play a melody by doubling down on the impact they can have on music through rhythm and timing and there are a lot of benefits to learning how to play them.
You'll need to study and practise playing the drums, though. It might seem quite easy to make a decent sound by hitting a drum but playing a coherent beat and ensuring that you're in time is harder than it looks. By learning to play the drums, you'll improve your timing and you can see how you're improving by playing along to a metronome and then trying without it.
Drumbeats can be complicated and by learning to play the drums, you'll also improve your coordination and get better at multitasking as your limbs have to act independently of one another.
Drummers know a lot more about music than they let on, too, and by studying drums, you'll gain a better understanding of the impact drums can have on a piece of music. Just by changing the drum beat, you can change the entire feel of a song.
Learning to play the drums isn't necessarily easy. Drummers are the unsung heroes of most bands as they're hidden away at the back of the stage even though they're the ones holding the whole thing together, often with the help of the bass player.
The first challenge you'll face is developing a sense of rhythm and timing. It doesn't matter how well you can play a complex drum beat if you can't keep time well. You can practise with a metronome or a private tutor but when performing live, you won't be able to rely on one. You'd be surprised at just how long you need to develop a good sense of timing and rhythm.
Once you can keep time well, you'll also need to learn how to use your limbs independently of one another. While one foot is operating the bass drum, the other is on the hi-hat. Your arms will also be working independently of one another. If you can't rub your tummy and pat your head at the same time, you'll be in for a shock when you start playing the drums.
Drummers have it tough even when they're not playing the drums. A drumkit can take up a lot of space and you need to find somewhere to keep it. If you want to play regularly, you don't want to have to assemble it every time you play but that might be your only option if you don't have a lot of space for it. Similarly, a drum kit can be a nightmare to transport and unlike a guitar, you can't just put it in a case and take it on the bus!
Then there's the noise. Except for electronic drumkits or practice pads, drum kits don't have a quiet mode. An electric guitar or keyboard can be played through headphones and are almost silent to the rest of the world but a drumkit will reverberate through your house, flat, or building and potentially make enemies out of your neighbours.
Private tutorials are a great way to learn how to play the drums. Given the size of a drum kit the and noise that one can make, group classes aren't an option for drummers. A private tutor, however, can teach you everything you want to know about the drums and ensure that every single lesson is tailored to you.
Even if you have a particular taste in music (we won't judge!), a drum tutor can help you learn all the necessary techniques and help you become an expert of whatever genre you want to play.
While you can always teach yourself to play the drums, you run the risk of picking up bad habits without anyone to correct you. The last thing you want is to waste lots of time unlearning poor technique once you reach a certain level because it's holding you back.
Drum tutorials are also useful because they give those who don't have a drum kit an opportunity to practise regularly, often somewhere they don't need to worry about making noise.
If you want to find a drum tutor to help you to become a drummer, a quick search on Superprof is all you need. Check out each tutor's profile, see how much they charge, and, most importantly, check if they offer the first lesson for free.
A free lesson is probably the best way to judge which tutor is right for you so try a few different ones out before deciding on who you'll go for. You'll want to talk to each potential tutor about your reasons for learning to play the drums, the kinds of music you like, and what experience you have with music. After all, they can take this information and tailor every lesson to you.
You may also want to check whether or not they provide a drumkit for you to use during the sessions, where the lessons will take place, and whether or not they offer discounts for group bookings, too.
If you can't find any suitable tutors in your area, you can always find teachers online. Online tuition can be useful for students looking to learn more about music theory. Once you reach a decent level, an online tutor can plan your practice sessions and teach you the music theory side of things, leaving you do practise your drumming during your own time.