The early days of drumming are very conducive to quick progress, and you'll find yourself having fun and making great strides after a few weeks of regular video lessons and home practice.

As with any new endeavor, it's natural to meet some challenges along the way that can temporarily slow you down. We all go through these moments, and with the right guidance and motivation, we come out the other side stronger. So when staying motivated seems difficult, here are a few questions to keep you on the right track.

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Are you having fun?

Whatever you do, don't lose the fun element. Learning any musical instrument can be challenging, and it's essential to find the right balance. It is important to follow the lesson plans and practice goals, but it is equally important to sit down, let loose, have fun, and play along to that favorite song. It really doesn't matter if you can't play the part exactly as it is on the recording - relax, have fun, play, and make it your own.

Are you practicing?

If you are less motivated to sit behind the drums than when you started, you might want to make an honest appraisal of your practice routine. Watching online lessons is only part of the equation. You must be spending time practicing the exercises you are focusing on. Remember, just ten minutes of focused practice per day can make a massive difference over time. It might be a good idea to review your practice plan to ensure you use the available resources to set you up for success. A practice diary is a great tool to write down what you are working on, including your goals and achievements. It can be as simple as using the Notes app on your phone. It's great to look back on things that used to challenge you and celebrate your victories!

Are you following your lesson plan?

We really recommend that you watch the lessons in order and pay particular attention to the guidance given in the introduction and concluding remarks. These generally advise you on where you should be before moving on to the next lesson. Remember, the majority of learning beginner drums is fine-tuning basic exercises. Whatever you do, don't skip the foundation as it is the basis for everything you do. Most people that have issues later on normally find it is due to a lack of practice on important fundamentals. You don't have to be looking at something new every day. Fine-tuning the basics is paramount. This page gives you essential guidance on the lesson plan's recommended pace if you are a current subscriber.

Are your expectations realistic?

It's vital to manage your expectations when learning any musical instrument. There will be minor victories, natural plateaus, awkward little barriers, major achievements - but if you approach it the right way, you will have a lot of fun and experience a great feeling of achievement and satisfaction. Don't pressure yourself, and abandon any preconceptions of perfection and mastery. It is way more important to have fun, follow a structured plan, and gently ascend the ladder at a comfortable pace. If you approach it this way, you will set yourself up for success, get through the natural barriers, and achieve your goals.

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If you are a subscriber to any of our plans, your membership comes with full support. If you need any help or just a motivational pep talk, reach out to Simon. Just send an email, or start a chat using the blue help icon in your screen's lower right. Sometimes just talking things through can help give you a better perspective.

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