There’s a lot to learn if you want to be a great drummer and you can’t be a great drummer if you don’t practice. Sometimes practicing things like rudiments and exercises can get a little boring, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Take a look at this video that explains what I’m talking about
Go Home and Practice Drumming with the Metronome!
Here’s a typical scenario. Your teacher gave you the assignment to practice your 5 stroke rolls with a metronome. This is a great idea that your teacher had because he/she wants you to be able to play in time and wants you to develop a solid 5 stroke roll too.
You’re excited that you had a great lesson and you’re inspired to go home and practice with the metronome so that you can be the great drummer that you want to be. But, you get home; get out your practice pad; turn on the metronome and start to work on your 5 stroke rolls just like your teach asked you to, and you get bored. You put the sticks down; turn of the metronome and turn on the TV.
Why Not Try this Fun Way to Practice Your Drumming?
Here’s a great way to make your practicing less of a chore and not boring at all. Find some music on your iPod that has a steady beat and practice your 5 stroke rolls while listening to your favorite song instead of the metronome. You really are playing with a metronome because music is usually recorded with a click track which is a metronome.
You are playing along with your favorite band that is playing along with their metronome so you are also playing with the metronome. You can find a fast song if you want to practice something fast or a slow song if you want to practice slower.
Always Make Music
Playing with music is very important because playing with music is what playing drums is all about anyway. You will find that you will play more musically, develop the ability to play musical phrases, and learn how to groove.
Metronome practice is important, so I’m not saying to completely abandon it, but mix things up a bit when you practice. Play along with the metronome then find some music that you really enjoy that’s at an appropriate tempo for what you’re working on and play music with music.