Playing drums looks so easy until you start learning it. Yes, the beats are easy to catch when you listen to a song, but when you actually learn how to hit the other instruments to a song, it turns out to be difficult.
Like other musical instruments, playing with beats is easy to learn when you are a child. If you have a child that wants to learn this, then encourage them to learn it now than later. In that way, they can master the skills needed for playing with beats over time.
Techniques In Learning Drums
When it comes to kids, it’s important that they learn kid-friendly techniques so that they can learn a musical instrument easily. Here are some of the tips and reminders you should remember if you or your child is starting to learn how to play with beats.
- Pick a set your size.
Except for pianos, you can find a size that fits you or your child. Since children have shorter arms and a shorter height, buying a set that will accommodate their height is a must. This will help them move better because all the pieces of the set will be within their reach as compared to if they learned from an adult set.
You can buy sets for kids in department stores or on online websites of the brand of your choice. However, it is highly recommended that you view the set in person so that your child can check if it’s the right fit for them.
- Know how to grip the drumsticks properly.
One of the first lessons they will learn is how to hold the drumsticks properly. The right way to hold it is to start placing the stick on your palm when your palm is facing up. The stick should be in a 45-degree angle so a side of it should touch your thumb and the rest of the stick is slanted towards your chest. Then, curl your thumb and your other fingers to the stick and face your hand downward. This way, your child will have a firm grip on the sticks and they won’t be flying around when they start hitting the set.
- Take note of your posture.
Before your child even starts spending so much time practicing, make sure that they got their posture right. The right posture in playing percussion instruments is to sit up straight, without your back curling or slouching. Your neck should also follow and your shoulders. Even if you will be reaching out to different pieces of the set, your shoulders should be thrown back and not crouched forward.
Why is posture important? It may not be obvious but bad posture can affect the quality of your practice and your health in the long run. Bad posture can lead to back and neck pains which will make it uncomfortable to practice. At the same time, some joint problems can occur if you continue practicing with bad posture. These things might just discourage your child from practice.
- Develop a listening ear.
Some people claim that they don’t have an ear for music, but this does not mean that it remains like that. Yes, there are kids who are born to play with beats or are considered natural in playing this musical instrument. However, this should not be a reason for those who aren’t “a natural” should give up.
If you notice your child having a problem, encourage them to learn how to listen to the beats carefully and to apply it step-by-step. Since they are children, it is only natural that they think they have followed a certain pattern of beats even if in reality, they haven’t. What you or their teacher should teach them is to learn how to listen carefully and to pick up the beat in every song.
- Familiarize themselves with musical notes and symbols.
Last but not the least is that they should familiarize (or better yet, memorize!) musical notes and notations when it comes to playing with this musical instrument. This is a must because it will be hard for your kid to keep up if they can’t read notes and musical sheets. This can also be a cause of delay for when your child is learning a song.
About Darren (the author):
Darren Perkins is a drummer, teacher, and the owner of Red Drum Music Studio, a studio in Melbourne that teaches kids – and kids at heart – how to play drums. His fascination of everything related to drums, music, and education has led him to share his own experiences and ideas online through guest blogging.