What it Takes to Play Drums
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Despite all of the jokes and stereotypes about drummers, drums are difficult to play; ask any drum teacher in Perth. So, how do you know if you might have what it takes? First of all, it’s the same as any other instrument. Do you obsess on it when you listen to music? Do you hear the drum parts more than the rest of the song?
It takes some different skills to play drums than other instruments. First of all, you need to be able to work all four of your limbs independently of each other. Your right foot will play the bass drum, while your left plays, opens, and closes the high-hat. For most of you, your left hand will play the snare and the right hand will play the high-hat. When you do rolls or play the other drums, you will usually use both hands.
If you are playing in a more orchestral setting, it will be easier, but there is no room for error, and you must be able to read music. If you are playing in a marching band, you will have to march and play at the same time.
So, the list of what it takes: ability to coordinate hands and feet to play independently of each other, physical strength, physical stamina, and an unerring sense of rhythm. Mentally, you have to keep the beat going steadily at all times, even if others are beginning to flounder. In a combo situation, whether it’s jazz, pop, rock, or any modern alternative, you are the backbone of the band.
As a percussionist, you will occasionally be expected to play other instruments, too. It’s always great to have some acoustic drums, a tambourine, and some maracas around. Your equipment will need to be top notch, too. If you want a kit that is “stage-worthy,” you are going to have to spend more money than someone would have to on a guitar and amp, or a bass and amp.
The bottom line on drums is that, once you decide to do it, you have to be “all in.” You can’t second-guess or give a half-hearted effort. It is going to take drive, determination, and the qualities we mentioned above. The reward, like playing piano, is that a competent drummer is always in demand.
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