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Great Drumset Instructors Are Rare
"When you stop learning, you're dead." A very smart drummer once told me that, and it's absolutely true. No matter how good a drummer you think you are, you can always learn something new. Ask a top professional in any field not only drums.
The best drum pros are constantly learning and striving to improve themselves. They keep open minds, open eyes, and open ears. But while most professional drummers know what to look for in a drumset instructor, beginners usually need help. And while there are thousands upon thousands of drumset instructors to choose from, the great majority of them are less than great.
So what makes a great drumset instructor? I'm glad you asked.
The ABC's of Drumming
Although it's important that you find an instructor that you really like, don't let that be the sole factor in your choice. Look for an instructor who will give you a solid foundation in drumming, as detailed below.
Learn to Read
A great instructor will explain the rules behind the music, so you'll understand how to play any piece of music - not simply memorize the music for a particular week's lesson. You should be learning:
If you're not being taught how to read properly, as per the above, think about looking for a better instructor.
Chops Are Important
Some beginners feel that rudiments are only for those interested in Drum Corps and Marching Bands, but that couldn't be further from the truth. In the first place, everything that you play is technically a rudiment. And second, the difficult sticking variations that make up rudiments will help to improve your technique and control whether you play in a Heavy Metal, Hip-Hop, Jazz, or Polka band.
If your instructor is lacking in the technique department, it's time for a change.
Keeping "time," developing the proper "feel" for the music you are playing, "driving" the band, and learning how to solo, should all be part of a comprehensive drum lesson.
If you are not getting all of these things, look for another teacher.
It's All Up to You
Happy instructor hunting!
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Until next time: Stay loose.
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