practice

  1. How do I drum faster? Why speed is a byproduct of control (2021 – Updated)

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    When engaged in a new hobby, it’s natural that we want to progress as quickly as possible. For many beginner drummers, that means wanting to play beats faster. We all look forward to that moment when we can rock out at higher speeds to our favorite songs. There is definitely something exhilarating and hugely satisfying about drumming at faster tempos. Still, our obsession for speed can often lead to inadvertent neglect of the foundation that helps build control. There is… Read More

  2. How long does it take to learn the drums? (2021 – Updated)

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    The idea of learning any musical instrument, including the drums, can be a little daunting when starting. But fear not! Once you dive a little deeper, you’ll find that it’s all about how you approach it, using the resources available to you, and making sure that you have help available when you need it.  The reality is that small amounts of practice can make a big difference when learning the drums. This is great news for aspiring drummers and hobbyists… Read More

  3. Video Blog Episode 12 – How long does it take to learn the drums?

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    How long it takes to learn the drums depends very much on your personal goals. If your goal is to play basic beats and fills, and play along with slow to mid-tempo songs, then just 5-10 minutes of focused practice per day will get you there after a few weeks of playing. Like any musical instrument, you get out what you put in, and your practice time, and the quality of practice will ultimately lead to the fulfillment of your… Read More

  4. Video Blog Episode 5 – How much should I practice?

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    Did you know that 5-10 minutes of focused practice per day can give you some great results over time? We all lead busy lives, and finding time to practice, and understanding what to practice, can be a source of frustration. In this video, Simon discusses the difference between focused practice time and “noodling”, and why both can be equally important. Small, manageable, and fun practice sessions are the key to success for busy people!   Helpful related articles. How much… Read More

  5. The Four Keys to Drum Set Musicality

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    In this blog, we examine what exactly makes a musical drummer. You don’t need a degree in music, you don’t need decades of listening to multiple drummers, and you don’t need years of playing experience to attain basic drum set musicality. There is no secret sauce, just a simple understanding of four key areas. At Drum Ambition, we like to call them the Four Keys to Drum Set Musicality, and they are: Understanding Rhythm. Developing Control. Adding Dynamics. Applying Rudiments.… Read More

  6. Overcoming barriers to practice

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    Don’t have time to practice the drums? Not motivated to practice or hitting other natural plateaus? Don’t worry – you are not alone, and these are all common scenarios. Drum Ambition is here to help you rise above them, and become the drummer we know you can be! Learning the drums is a great experience. It’s fun, rewarding and entertaining – all while being challenging and sometimes frustrating. When starting out, most of us envision the day where we play… Read More

  7. Practice vs Smart Practice, and why “Noodling” is essential

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    2017 has now arrived, and many of us have made our customary new year’s resolutions. For beginner and hobbyist drummers, that can often mean a conscious decision to practice more. Just 5-10 minutes of focused practice per day can produce some impressive results. Like any musical instrument, practice is the key to improvement, and vital to long-term success on the drums. Don’t worry or be downhearted if you are not where you are hoping to be. Revisiting your practice routine… Read More