I love learning from other drummers – even if they are not drum kit players. A type of drumming that I have always admired is drum corps. If you want to learn drums, I would encourage you to take some time looking at how these guys build up their chops.
I have been studying some of the drills that are practiced and trying some of them out on the practice pad. I’ve already noticed an improvement in my playing. Here is a link to some of the drumming drills that I have been playing.
If you’re a drumkit player and think it is just plain boring playing one drum – think again! Once you reach a certain level, there is just so much that you can do. Have a watch of this video – the guy just blows me away!
My Past in a Military Band
I did play in marching band when I was in Army cadets as a teenager, but we didn’t have a structured way of learning how to play properly – we didn’t even learn rudiments! I did enjoy that time though, and I did get to play in front of crowds at firework displays, carnivals and of course, Remembrance Day Parade.
How About You?
Have you found that playing different styles has helped you to learn drums? If you have, I’d be interested in hearing from you.