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.
If you are looking for quality Drum lessons why not fill out the form below and register your interest!
Planning something exciting? Some new way to preoccupy your time or learning a new skill?
To achieve a successful change in lifestyle or a new past time it takes a number of steps to make it work, Here are 6 to help you on your way..
The first point to think about is to pick just one thing. There is no need to try and shoot at multiple targets and miss, select one and make sure you do it well and satisfy your own progress.
Secondly, make a good plan of what is necessary and what might be needed. It could be that your new venture might cost more than you think!!! A third consideration would be to anticipate problems and so developing patience would be key here. Most new skills take time to learn and perfect so establishing a reasonable learning curve would help in achieving goals and show positive results.
A fourth point, one which is commonly overlooked, is to pick a start date, or even a length of time to complete certain activities or goals. Don’t pick random dates and fail to prepare adequately; time and again some negative experiences make a resolution short! Linking this to point number five; expect to fail! Not everything will go your way, some things take a lot more control and discipline, therefore, embrace the failures and provide this as a catalyst to succeed even further next time!
The last point, or the sixth on the list, is to just go for it! At whatever stage, at whatever cost, ability, access or age, most new choices can be daunting but there is always a way. It does not always have to cost the earth or for you to be Gods gift from the beginning. Take a chance on yourself and dedicate some time to do something you want to do and make 2017 the year that you want it to be!
At GhostNote Academy we can provide all of the elements to achieve all those outlined above. We can work with you to keep track on your targets, to develop a key skill or even just to get you started. We have all the equipment you need, playing and learning out of Melrose Yard Studios on a full studio drum kit, there is no outlying cost of purchasing all manner of gear. There are also exclusive opportunities to receive or claim promotional offers on lessons to assist on saving money further, just don’t forget your hearing protection!!
Of course, there will be times when you feel that your not making progress; indeed, many drummers (myself included) would consider themselves to be continually learning new skills, its just an evolution of your sound! Despair not, we have the experience and the patience needed to underline those achievements and take the time to work on those stubborn tricks that make you scorn your sticks! So make a note in your diary/calendar, pick a suitable date in the new year and make it count!
We are excited to start an amazing new year and hope you will join us too!
GhostNote Academy is fully DBS (formerly CRB) checked with an enhanced certificate dated October 2016.
In accordance with Government education standards in promoting health and safety within the learning environment and with the cooperation of the Musicians Union, at GhostNote Academy we take every effort to complete all necessary steps to provide a safe, comfortable and stimulating place of learning.
We take pride in the development of our students, whatever their age and/or ability and strive to deliver quality education in all matter of drum performance and drum related services.
As a full member of the Musicians’ Union I take pride in not only using the union to get the latest in teaching practices and methods but I also have all the resources available in providing the best and well researched music education.
By having the support of the union I have an ever growing source of new material from other members to guest speakers and posts, taking the Musicians’ Union on this teaching journey delivers the most up to date information.
As well as the obvious benefits, the union also provides liability insurance, disclosure and barring service checks and additional learning in child protection in music education.
Taking the welfare and safety of my students is of paramount importance, providing music learning while offering piece of mind for both student and learners families is at the heart of what GHOSTNOTE ACADEMY aims to achieve.
Music is fun and learning to play an instrument should be happy, enjoyable and safe.
So why not take advantage of exciting, new lessons? From one drummer to another..
Is it the sound, look, make or representing artists that make us choose what we like or not like to play?
Is it really all that important about the “gear”, does a price tag make a difference or are we just sucked into the whole advertising world and how its presented to us?
I am a self confessed drum gear junkie, or at least I would be even more so if my family allowed it!
There is something special about our favourite brand or model of drum paraphernalia, we all have our reasons, yet at the heart of the issue is playing, whether in a band on on our own. Personally I agree that technique has a lot to do with sound, and this is echoed by many players, teachers and artists. Sure there are certain brands that perhaps have a better projection, deepness, decay or whatever but there is more to this than just Labels.
It is important to remember that behind many great players and all the shiny drums and dazzling stacks of cymbals is someone who has worked and improved their technique over many long years of practise. This is no coincidence, and this is nothing new. Many people take lessons to drive a car but this doesn’t mean we can drive Formula 1 cars and compete in races!
Developing your skills and “chops” takes a lot of work, combining muscle memory, fitness, stamina and control; its not something that happens overnight.
As much as our principle makers of drums and cymbals is an identity and important to us, its also important to remember that having plenty of flashy stuff is great but if it takes away from performance its a waste of time. I learned to play from having a Snare drum and Hi hats only and had to wait to add a full kit in time. Though this wasn’t a conventional way to learn, it not only helped me appreciate individual drums more and what they do but also an important lesson on what you can do with just 2 drum/cymbals (as well as the financial obligation with buying a drum kit).
Having a drum kit is more affordable today, an electric set up even cheaper, but as long as those core foundations are set early we don’t loose sight of the important goals; what our job is and how we interact with other musicians.
I have been playing with other musicians for years, I have been in bands since I was 13 years old and have gained experience that takes many years to achieve. Having fun and playing music is one of the best feelings and one of the most satisfying experiences, being a drummer is a big reward and its still the best seat in the house!
Lessons can open doors, they can teach you and the teacher more important styles and disciplines that could otherwise be overlooked. I have had lessons and enjoyed the time greatly, through commitments with work and family those lessons tailed off but I’m never far away from what I was taught and will hopefully pop in for some catch up lessons down the line.
So, there’s no time to loose, contact your local school or teacher and get out there and get learning! There is much work to do but its not a chore when its something we have passion for.
Drums were the very first instrument used apart from the human voice. In fact drums have been part of our DNA all along.
Whether you’re new or just starting out, beneath everyone, there is the capacity for rhythm and coordination, most us can recognise a beat or keep time in various forms.
The drums are an instrument that anyone can enjoy but to be able to have an understanding and a command of different techniques it takes time and patience.
Starting out is never easy, the early days can be frustrating and confidence can be low. Every drummer out there has experienced this, from the greats like John Bonham and Neil Peart to Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich, but with time and dedication its possible to overcome such obstacles and reach your potential.
At GHOSTNOTE ACADEMY, we cater for those individuals who are new to drums or have picked some skills but need pointing in the right direction. We offer lessons that can combine theory, technique and practical disciplines all on full or part drum kits. Using a high standard of equipment in bespoke sound proof rooms at Melrose Yard Studios, there is plenty of space to make progress and lots of noise!
We are based in the heart of York City center, a stones throw from Clifford’s Tower and the Shambles, where equipment and facilities are all provided.
So, if you’re looking for drum lessons and want to start something exciting in a brand new drum school then don’t hesitate to get in contact!