Myths About Playing The Drums

September 24, 2020

Online drum lessons are ideal for those who want to learn to play the drums yet don’t have the money for private online tutoring, as well as those who would simply prefer to learn at their own pace. However, before starting any drum lessons online, it is important to debunk some of the most common drumming myths. 

One common myth is that you should attempt to be proficient at as many styles as possible with this instrument. There is nothing wrong with this approach, of course, but it is not right for everyone, if everyone went down this route, we would not have any unique masters of particular styles. 

Another myth is that the perfect timing exists. There is nothing wrong with striving for perfection, but don’t become obsessed with it, as timing in the musical sense is relative. A lot of people believe that dowels and brushes will enable you to play more quietly. This is not always true. The purpose of these alternative strikers is to give you access to different impact sounds, which allows you to differentiate one piece of music from another. 

Another widely believed myth is that bigger drums are louder. This isn’t always the case. Smaller drums can cut through music more easily because they have higher pitches. And while we’re on the subject of loudness, drums really can have a hugely negative impact on your hearing, so be careful. Having an audiogram every year or so to check your hearing is recommended.

Finally, mistakes aren’t a bad thing! They help you to learn. If you are struggling with something, repetition is the key. Practice it slowly until you get it right.

Choosing Your First Drum Set

Online drum lesson websites are proving to be increasingly popular, as a lot of people prefer being able to learn at their own pace, and online music lessons tend to be cheaper than other options. Plus, a lot of people have been looking for things to do during lockdown! But, before you can experience these lessons for yourself, you will need to buy a drum kit. 

One thing you will need to consider when looking for a drum kit is the material of the shell, as this will have an impact on the sound created. Mahogany and other hardwoods are common amongst older drums, offering a great tone. Birch has a darker and punchier sound, which is popular with recording engineers. Maple is ideal for acoustic and jazz, as it has a bright and warm sound. 

Next, you will need to consider how many drums you want and what size you want them to be. If you want to be the next big thing in metal, you will need a couple of small toms and a bass drum bigger than 18 inches. On the other hand, if jazz is your style, a four-piece kit would be perfect with 10-inch and 14-inch toms, an 18 or 20-inch drum, and a 14-inch snare. You will also need to consider the drumhead, as this has a big influence on the tonal quality of the drum. This can be the difference between your drum kit sounding good and great. If you go for a thick drumhead, you can expect less resonance, and more of a focused and darker sound. If you go for something thinner, a brighter sound will be created.

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