Whilst it isn’t impossible to teach yourself, especially if in the right circumstances more often that not you will find your self teaching will lack direction and certainly feedback. With the popularity of the the likes of Youtube many will see this as a reaplcement for a teacher. I think it contains some excellent lessons, examples and inspiration but this can only benefit you as an additional resource.
The problem with teaching oneself via Youtube, books or DVDs in isolation is the lack of feedback. How can you be sure that you fully understand what you’ve learned and can integrate and apply it in your own music unless you have an ongoing dialogue with the tutor?
Work with a ‘Good’ drum tutor
The problem with picking up bits and pieces of drumming technique here and there from friends, the Internet or other media is that it often leads to the situation of trying to run before you can walk. You will get where you want to go faster if you learn things in the with structure ensuring you have a solid foundation, and an experienced drum teacher can show you this.
How do you ask a DVD or a book to explain in detail something that’s confusing you? Can you ask the guy you’re watching on Youtube to slow down and show you exactly what he’s doing? This is one of the main benefits of having a live teacher in the room with you.
Studying for an hour a week won’t by itself make you a better drummer though. It’s how you spend the time between lessons that really counts, and this is where a good teacher makes all the difference. If you know what to practice, and for how often, you cannot fail to improve.
Dvds and books are an excellent resource but just be careful not to waste money on a book that will not be effective. There is so much (mis)information around these days that it can be very hard to know what you should be doing to move forward, whilst avoiding the many trial-and-error pitfalls which could actually slow your progress or worse still, put you off drumming for life. A good teacher will deliver exactly the information you need, when you need it.
- Learn things with structure.
- Get instant feedback on your drumming in real time.
- Stay motivated and inspired.
- Learn how to practice effectively.
- Save TIME and MONEY!
- You will received personalised instruction during classes, tailored to your specific goals and directing you towards achieving them in the shortest time.
- You will learn buy playing with your tutor (who can also play bass guitar for your to interact with
- You will be instructed on how to use both new and existing skills to become a better and more confident musician.
- You will learn how playing techniques are applied by professional musicians.
- You will learn how to become more creative using what you already know. Use your foundation and build your own parts.
- You will learn the most effective ways to practise, ensuring you get more value out of practising, learning faster and having more fun playing.
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BEWARE!! – Poor Teachers
After self-teaching, the worst road to learning drums is taking lessons from a well-meaning but ineffectual friend or family member, or worse… an ineffective “professional” teacher. This can end up causing more frustration and take you even longer to progress. I have taken on students from time to time who have told me horror stories about their previous teachers. Maybe you too have experienced this?
- Teachers who spend each lesson showing off and playing for their own amusement?
- Teachers who spend more time talking about themselves and their band than they do about you?
- Being taught stuff you are never shown how to actually use?
- A teacher with limited experience, decication, understanding of the grade system and abilty to demonstrate it (in any syllabus). Having a drumkit and wanting to make a fast buck does not make one a great teacher!
- Random, unstructured teaching with no indication of a plan to take you where you want to go with your music?
Not only is this behaviour damaging to the student’s progress, in some cases it drives the student into quitting altogether.
Be wary of choosing a teacher based purely on his/her location and/or price, since it may cost you more money in the long run and take you longer to reach your goals than investing a little more in a quality, experienced educator and hopping in the car for a little longer.
Musical Lessons In School
Whilst it may seem that music lessons offered in school are more convenient and cost-effective than arranging private music tuition for your child, remember although the teacher may be great, the flaws in this are hard to ignore. Group lessons are sometimes forced upon a child in which you can never guarantee you are learning at the same rate or are the same level. This is even more critical if your lessons are 20mins or less. Lessons in school are only in term time. Also the equipment and other resources are often severely limited.
Poor Study Environment
Another reason for students not making effective progress is practicing in a less than ideal environment. This is why do not offer mobile lessons. For a student to learn effectively, there should be no distractions such as TV, young children or pets playing nearby, or other potential disturbances. Therefore, studying at a designated premises set up for the task is far better for concentrated learning than doing so in your own home, unless you can be sure of having privacy and time to yourself.