Frequently Asked Questions:

How long will it take for me to learn how to play the drums?

How long will it take for me to learn how to play the drums? The first thing to know is that in order to say you can play an instrument well, you need to know how much time you will spend playing that instrument. If you ask any professional musician, the answer will be 10,000 hours. With a rough estimate, if you play the drums 3 hours a day, you will be good after 10 years. If you practice 6 hours a day, it will take you 5 years. If you are looking to be a professional drummer, the situation is as I have explained. If you are looking to learn how to play the drums as a hobby, and to produce music, share the experience, and have a good time with friends who play another instrument (the guitar, piano, bass, etc.) as a hobby my suggestion would be for you to take lessons one hour a week regularly, and practice for at least an hour a day. You will see that you have acquired the basic knowledge of drumming and reached a level where you can play with an amateur band within approximately a year. There is no end point in music. If you are a professional musician and if you respect your profession, you put in the effort and you do not say “I am done.”

Am I too old to learn how to play the drums?

Results can always be achieved through willing, passionate, determined, and disciplined work. As Einstein puts it, talent is one-tenth of the work. What matters is practice. It is a fact that, because perception reduces with age, the learning process takes longer for an adult than a nine-year-old child. It is an advantage to start young.

How can I play my drums without disturbing the neighbors?

You cannot play your acoustic drums in you room in a flat. When you do, all your neighbors will come knocking on your door. In order not to disturb anyone, you need high-quality soundproofing. The floor, ceiling, and all the walls need to be covered with soundproof insulations, and there needs to be double windows with double glass, and double windowed double doors. Soundproofing can be costly. In that case, the solution would be to purchase an electric drum kit. When you put on your headphones, no one will hear you. If you want the people in the house to hear you, you can purchase a drum amp. However, although it is an electric drum, depending on the shape of the bass drum pedal, we create a vibration with our beat of the pedal which may disturb our downstairs neighbor. The best solution is to make a platform to put under the drum set and put the platform on tennis balls. When we put our drum set on this platform, our vibration will not affect downstair. For those who can afford it, I highly recommend Pearl electric drum kit. This drum kit looks like an acoustic drum kit. When you put on the electric pads, it is an electric drum, and when you put on the regular leather, it is an acoustic drum. Two birds with one stone.

How can I improve my use of the metronome?

Mastery of the metronome is very important. If the tempo can be remembered while playing the run and pull-off can be minimized. In order to succeed this, muscle memory and association have to be used together. Association means the piece is in memory. A piece is chosen, and the chorus is sang from memory for five seconds. This works for association. Muscle memory should also be used while doing this. It is important for every musician to feel the tempo within. It is easy to play at 60bpm because we all have a watch. However, the important point is to be able to play it half-time and double-time at 60bpm.

What should I keep in mind when I am practicing the exercises?

• Practices should be carried out daily.
• Practices should be regular and consistent.
• Allocate enough time for practice, and be patient.
• Be calm, and start slow.
• The information in the exercise should be understood well.
• You must improve your mastery in different tempos and dynamics.
• Stroke sequences and hand-foot combinations should be analyzed well. When the analysis is correct, the coordination occurs by itself.
• Our breathing should be calm and relaxed. The exercise should be considered a meditation.
• There should be a mirror in front of us or next to us, so we can see ourselves while playing.
• Practices should be within musical forms.
• A metronome should be used while practicing the exercises. There may not be a need for a metronome while playing with a band.
• You should stop practicing when you feel tired.