Taking Drum Lessons: More than a Hobby, a Great Decision!
Playing the drums has a lot of advantages and benefits both for your physical and mental health, your social skills, and even your grades! Here are 10 amazing benefits of playing the drums, plus, a few tips to improve your drum practice. Enjoy!
1) Playing the drums blows off some steam!
Did you have a rough day? Then you should know that playing the drums has a positive effect on your mood since only a short drumming session can significantly relieve stress levels. A drummer’s brain releases endorphins immediately after playing, so you’ll feel great after your practice!
2) It increases your brain power
Playing any musical instrument, such as the guitar, the ukulele, or the violin, has amazing advantages when it comes to your learning skills. Music increases your attention span, improves your memory, and makes you smarter in many ways. However, there are a few special advantages drummers have: because they need to use all their four limbs to play their instrument, they use both sides of their brain at the same time and improve their coordination. Drumming improves visual and motor skills. Plus, they usually gain math skills since they are required to count, learn fractions, and calculate intervals!
3) Drumming makes up for a great workout!
The first time you play your drums you may feel tired, but the more you play, the more resistant you’ll get. After all, when you are drumming, you are moving! Did you know that just by playing a drumkit and moving to the beat, drum students burn an average of 270 calories in half an hour?
4) Drummers stay healthier
Besides the advantages the exercise brings to your health, there are researches that prove drummers heal faster, since playing their instrument works as a boost for their immune system. It is directly related to the stress relief we mentioned before. Drumming also helps patients deal with anxiety and depression.
5) You will make new friends
Unlike other instruments, such as the guitar or the piano that could be played solo easily, drumming always needs other instruments! Once you have been playing for a while, you’ll effortlessly fit in a band (or you can create your own). Playing music with others is a great way to expand your social circle. And you don’t even have to be talkative, since drummers usually specialize in understanding non-verbal signs from other musicians. You’ll become more empathic and understanding of others!
6) You will gain confidence
If your child is introverted or insecure, signing them for drum lessons may be great for their self-esteem. Every drummer needs to play dynamically, adjusting their beat to the needs of the band. Simply playing louder beats can increase the self-confidence of any child. And since you get better by overcoming difficulties and struggles, as in any other instrument, the more you play and you persevere, the higher your self-esteem!
7) Get to know world cultures!
As you learn different rhythms, you get in touch with cultures from other regions of the world. Perhaps you love jazz, but you can also learn about Brazilian Bossa Nova, Jamaican Reggae, African dances, etc. And while you enjoy their music genres, you open up your mind to new means of expression! Besides, the more drumming styles you get to know, the more tools you have to create a unique, personal drumming style that will become your brand.
8) Drums guide you into other instruments
The rhythmic skills you gain when you learn to play the drums will prove themselves extremely useful if, later, you decide to play another instrument that is more focused on the melody. Besides, if you stick to percussion, there are all kinds of instruments in the family you can learn to play to add a colorful touch to your performances.
9) You may find a paid job doing what you like
The drumset is a very popular instrument since it finds a place in almost every music genre. Therefore, drummers are widely requested! If you want to make a living out of your music in the near future, drums are, by all means, a great choice!
10) You’ll find a great means of self-expression
Playing the drums –as playing any other musical instrument, actually- is a great way to get in touch with your own feelings. When you are drumming you can connect with your emotions, and express them in a healthy and creative way.
Some tips for improving your drum practice
So you already play the drums, and you want to make the best out of your daily practice? By the way, remember that constant, regular practice is more important than playing until you are exhausted. It is better to play 10-15 minutes every day than to practice for two hours and the following two days avoid even getting near the drumkit because your arms are still hurt. Here are a few tips that may help you:
- Keep a positive attitude: Even if you still don’t sound as you’d like, believing in yourself is the best way to achieve good results in the long run.
- Focus on your weaknesses (but don’t neglect your strengths): For instance, if you are having trouble with your left hand, make sure you dedicate the first minutes of every practice to improving the technique. But treat yourself with playing something you like and find easier the final minutes of your practice!
- Make friends with the metronome: This little tool may show you rhythm difficulties in your performances, but in the long run, it is the best way to spot them and improving your timing.
- Keep a good posture: The body posture you adopt when playing will become a habit, and thus it will affect every aspect of your performance, such as control, speed, and power.
- Be patient: Take things slowly at first. Becoming great at any instrument takes a lot of time, effort, and practice.