Finding a Drum Teacher (Part 2)

In part one I wrote about ways to find a drum teacher, but how do you know that the teacher you find is
the best teacher for you

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Finding a drum teacher (part 1)

So you’ve decided you need to find a teacher but how do you find the right teacher for you?

In this post I will look at how you can find a teacher in your area.

1. Speak to other drummers.

If you know other drummers who have lessons ask them about their teacher; a recommendation is always a good way to find a teacher.

2. Ask at your local music shop.

Most music shops keep a list of local teachers, and some provide lessons.

3. Search the Internet.

Use search engines (google, bing, yahoo, etc.) to find drum teachers in your area or look at specialist websites such as Drumsense or musicteachers.co.uk

If you like this post, or if you have any other ideas about finding a teacher please leave a comment.

 

Learning to play the drums: DIY or get a teacher?

You’ve got your drum kit and you’ve just realised that playing the drums is not as easy as it looks; so what do you do?
You can either find a drum teacher or have a go at teaching yourself, so which option should you choose?

Why choose The DIY method?

If you search on the Internet you will find a wide choice of teach yourself books and DVDs as well as websites and YouTube videos that will show you how to play.

Books and DVDs can cost a lot less than a drum lesson and many online lessons are free, also you can work on them at your own pace, this is great for busy people who can’t always make a regular time for drum lessons.

This makes self teaching look like a very good way to go but in reality it can, in the long term, be a very costly decision, both financially and physically.

At this point some people may be wondering why I’ve stated that teaching yourself can be costly to both your finances and your physical well being and I will get on to answering that in due course.

The biggest problem with programmes that allow you to teach yourself is that in order for them to work you have to have some prior understanding of music and be able to understand from text and pictures the physical mechanics needed to play the drums correctly.

This is where having lessons with a good, experienced teacher is vitally important.

A book, DVD or Internet lesson can’t look at what you’re doing and correct any problems that you have with posture, technique or musical knowledge and understanding.

It is important that you get all three of these right from the beginning of your playing a they are the key to a players development and longevity.
Posture and technique go hand in hand in ensuring a drummer is able to remain problem free for the whole of his career.
A small problem in your posture or technique can lead to long term problems with your back, shoulders, hips and the muscles throughout your body. These are easily sorted out by a good teacher before they become the norm, however, once you get your posture and technique established it can be more difficult to correct because you have to change your bodies muscle memory map at the same time as retraining it to use a new system.

A good teacher will also show you how to read drum notation correctly so that you can follow any drum chart and play any pattern. It is at this point that the many different drum kit tuition books become a usable tool that any drummer can learn from.

I have a pupil who is learning to play the bongoes, he has a lesson every 6-8 weeks. In his first lessons we worked on getting his technique correct and now when he contacts me for a lesson it’s usually because he doesn’t understand what the notation he is looking at means. We go over the rhythm patterns and how they fit with rhythm he has learnt previously and he is then able to go away and continue to work from a teach yourself to play book.

This is how it should be when you learn the drums as well, if you choose the right teacher they will bring your technique, skills, knowledge and understanding of reading and playing drum notation to the point where you can go away from your lessons and make progress on your own leaving your teacher free to correct errors and teach you new skills.

Whether you choose to find a teacher or to learn from a book I hope you enjoy your time playing.

If you agree,or disagree, with anything said in this post please leave a comment.