The festive season maybe soon upon us but do not forget that drums are not just a seasonal favour; but for life!
Yes, we all understand that what comes with the territory of family obligations, the drums are sometimes relocated to accommodate a tree inside the house or a relatives bedroom for a few days; it is hard to get some drum time in December!
But, what we must not do is let the momentum disappear. One way to keep the home fires burning is to receive or give a drum related gift. It could be some new gear, if you have very nice and wealthy relatives, but ordinary items can do just as much good. The humble book can be one of the best ways to keep up the silent learning but DVD’s, Sticks, a new Album, a practise pad, drum key or even a new spring for your Bass drum pedal can be enough to keep satisfied the drummer within.
One of the main downturns over Christmas can be actual practise. With such a busy month, clocking up decent hours can be a headache. It is vital to remember, and quite often the wrong conclusion, that you need to have physical kit time and anything else is no good. Wrong! Yeah, it’s better to sit behind your drums but that can be difficult for some.
The act of playing is important, of course, but there are other methods to maintain healthy levels of memory, learning and stamina. If you have an electric kit, and thus somewhere to set it up, its near enough quiet and it’s almost as good as the real thing – if you have a high-end one!
If you have no acoustic or electric drums, fear not, there are other ways. My favourite is the practise pad. Not only because its minimal in volume, small (compared to a full kit) and transportable but because you can hone in on those all important rudiments. The practise pad is great for all round development of stick control, weaker hand work and for tightening up those technical skills. Often over looked, it’s a fantastic time to brush up on key areas without the need to set much gear up.
The old classic and often the starting point to most drummers’ birth; the hands and knees. It does have results in working new things out or just simple play along. Not only this, but perhaps spend more time on counting out loud, metronomically speaking! Playing air drums and counting out loud might perhaps look strange from the outside so take the time to use this when you might not be disturbed!
Reading books and listening to music can also be a preferred way to spend Christmas. Well, us drummers should incorporate listening to our favourite drummers, reading books, where notated or not, or just enjoying some music to relax, it all helps broaden the horizon. For an extra mile, why not research some new music to listen to or research a new drummer to watch on YouTube and get some inspiration.
No matter your activity, maintain a healthy balance and stay well over the Winter. Drums are a life long learning activity, professionally or not. We never stop learning and will never reach the end of our playing. We CAN always improve and be the best we can but we will always keep developing as we grow as musicians.
Drums and playing music is our passion. We hope that being a drummer is as much about learning new skills as well as being part of a wider social group.
If you are in need of finding that spark to reignite something, perhaps its been too long, or even if you have never played before there are lessons out there for you.
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