If you’ve ever tried to do something new, kick start a positive you, whether as a resolution or a new healthy eating regime, statistically speaking 80% of people give up their well intended new direction or pack it in within as little as 5 weeks.
Why is this? Is it perhaps the process, the patience and commitment or just the longevity of the daunting task? Focus and discipline are difficult to maintain, and with having busy lives it maybe that keeping the drive going is just too much and something has to give.
As with most new adventures, starting something new takes a bit of thought and some planning and learning to play the drums is no different.
As a drum teacher it’s easy to see how some students can fall out of love with Drums over time, but being involved with tuition it is our duty of care, as teachers, to keep students motivated and to reach their goals.
So what can we do to stop those early excitement nerves to becoming practice blues?
Obstacles come in all shapes and sizes but by being proactive and controlled with practice time can produce better and more efficient learning results which help gain faster progression.
The first part is to set realistic goals. If you’re a beginner to the Drum set there is little point in wanting to learn how to play double bass drum patterns or wanting to learn odd time signatures; it’s probably more relevant to shelve those ambitions for now and start with more achievable material.
Take the time to understand what your learning, go through your learning material and understand what’s happening, how to read the music or note values and practise at slow tempo’s. Sure, it’s going to be a bit boring learning some simple work but by being pragmatic and methodical going slow will reap rewards in the long run.
Over time, these skills will develop and the material will increase naturally to more difficult levels as you go. A teacher of course can aid the learning trajectory and provide the right direction and support with your education.
Everyone encounters some learning fatigue is some form, sometimes this can be just a particular subject which is difficult to get past or sometimes as goals can get more complex the motivation wanes through frustration. At times, our responsibilities and priorities in life can change which too can have an impact on our interests.
It’s good to take a look back and having a little bit of perspective can achieve a lot. Seeing how far your learning has come, giving ourselves a little pat on the back and saying “well done” or “I did that” will have untold benefits.
We can get lost in wanting to be the best and lose sight of what it is that brought us here in the first place but, having some fun, keeping the learning stimulating and making bite sized goals can improve the motivation, after all, being able to play the drums should be fun!
A reliable and enthusiastic tutor, and any teacher worth their salt, should identify their student’s needs and aspirations, make their learning enjoyable and to provide all the support and motivation needed to progress.
Success is not necessarily measured in certificates as every learner has different ambitions. There is no formula, like there are no shortcuts, learning to play the drums is a life long journey and every path is different.
Ghostnote Academy is built on a foundation of passion to learn, play and inspire others to enjoy the Drums. It is essential your learning desires are matched by the integrity and fervour of our teaching; we strive to research and maintain the best methods and procedures possible.
Your values should be the same as ours. We want you to succeed no matter what your ambition; we will direct you in the best possible way, to help you evolve YOUR sound.
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