“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Plato
Drumming represents 8% of the total overall sales for musical instruments.
Learning to play the drums is not just so that you can show off, performing 45-minute solos while the band goes to get a drink, spinning your drumsticks in the air or going “one, two, three, four” at the beginning of the song.
Like all musical instruments (bass guitar, electric guitar, saxophone, cello…), acoustic drums or electronic drums have many virtues to be gained while learning.
Let’s check out what those might be now!
Taking drum lessons just might make you more creative! (source: Pixabay)
Starting drumming involves going through a learning phase of the basics which is not necessarily very fun, but still necessary.
The traits of a creative person
Artists are undeniably creative. It’s not science that creates a piece of music, a painting, a ballet or a literary masterpiece.
Thus, a professional drummer will have several qualities in common with other artists. They will be:
Customize your exercises to develop your creativity
Before jumping into getting creative, it is better to first acquire some technical background with your drums and percussion.
However, once you’ve learned a few basics, it is possible to start working on your creativeness while at the same time developing a solid enough background with your drumming lessons.
While working on basic independent and synchronization exercises, try to personalize your training exercises the most you can.
Add a backbeat, a hi-hat, a cymbal crash, toms kick or a roll.
Between us, working on the basics is not the most fun part while you are learning the drums. However, repeating basic exercises will help you progress faster and develop your creativity within a solid foundation.
Don’t hesitate to write down your personalized exercises as you don’t need to know how to read a drum score or know music theory for that.
Creativity is very present when you’re a child. Let’s keep up the inspiration! (Source: Pixabay)
More tips to improve your creativity
Outside of your drum lessons and beyond the rhythmic work, here are some tips to progress in terms of your imagination:
Like dancers, drummers are dependent on rhythm! (Source: Pixabay)
Although many think that a sense of rhythm is innate, it’s not completely true.
Indeed, if some people have musical abilities, it is primarily because they take the time to listen to each element that music is composed of.
Everyone is able to notice the beat of a song. It’s the beat played by the bass drum that makes you tap the rhythm with your hand, your foot or nod along.
To practice this skill, it is advisable to try to keep the beat all along a piece of music without taking into account breaks, fills, solos or rhythm variations with the chorus.
Listen to a piece of rock music and note the beat. A beat corresponds to a time. A rock song is usually on 4 beats called 4/4 time.
So where are your skills at?
It may be time to get back to basics, namely your ability to keep a beat for the duration of a song without speeding up or slowing down.
In music class, your drumming teacher will make you work with a metronome because keeping pace is kind of the definition of being a drummer.
But to keep a tempo, you’ll need several factors:
Let your creativity fly! (Source: Pixabay)
Mastering the rhythms on the snare drum, kick drum, pedals, finger and hand cymbals, base drums, tom-toms and tambourine brings many benefits to the body and mind.
Playing the drums allows you to:
When playing the drums, your arms and ears keep the rhythm. Neural connections are made in the brain, the motor cortex is activated and allows for an improvement in skills such as keeping good time.
The video above suggests that the brain of drummers might be different from others.
The link between intelligence, keeping time and the area of the brain managing problem-solving in drummers has been highlighted by a study from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.
Drummers who are able to hold a steady pace achieved the highest scores on the intelligence tests of this study.
Maybe we’ll stop thinking that drummers are only good at banging the drums!
Drummers have a unique mental constitution.
To check out more along these lines, I suggest you check out the video below which shows how the brains of drummers are really different:
Learning to play an instrument also means enriching your music vocabulary and there are quite a few terms to learn in drumming!
What is the trigger?
On the snare drum, the trigger is used to set, engage and trigger the timber to give it a particular tone.
What is a pattern?
It is a rhythmic pattern that can change on one or more bars or measures.