practice

  1. Overcoming barriers to practicing drums (2021 – Updated)

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    We all know that practicing is the key to success on any musical instrument, and the drums are certainly no different. However, some natural barriers can make committing to a regular practice routine quite challenging. Perhaps you don’t have time to practice, are not motivated, or have hit 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… Read More

  2. Practice vs Smart Practice, and why “Noodling” is essential (2021 – Updated)

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    When practicing the drums, do you struggle to balance fun practice and effective task-orientated practice? Ideally, an element of both is a great idea. With 2022 just around the corner, our thoughts can often turn to customary new year’s resolutions. For beginner and hobbyist drummers, that can mean a conscious decision to practice more. Like any musical instrument, practice is the key to improvement and vital to long-term success. Don’t worry or be downhearted if you are not where you… Read More

  3. The Four Keys to Drum Set Musicality (2021 – Updated)

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    Is it possible for drummers to sound musical? It’s certainly true that we create beats and set the tempo for others to follow, but there’s a lot more to our craft than meets the eye. To become a musical drummer, you don’t need a degree in music, decades of listening to multiple drummers, or several years of playing experience. There is no secret sauce, just a simple understanding of four key areas. At Drum Ambition, we like to call them… Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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