It’s amazing to know that each one of us possesses unique talents in which we get to express ourselves much better. And music agrees to that. I must say, when I began playing the keyboard, I felt more expressive and productive in any kind of task given to me. It’s a stress reliever though it really takes hard work to be competent enough and I must admit, I’m still in the process of learning how to play it effectively.
There are a lot of instruments that were present even in the old times and were just developed lately, although some still stick to the old ones until today. According to research, one of the earliest known instruments was the drums. In fact, the first drum was invented around 30,000 years ago with an animal stretch made of an elephant’s skin as it was prevented from scavenging during the ice age. Since then, it was developed and has made an impact in so many people’s lives. Playing the drums offer a lot of benefits not just physically but also mentally as it proves to help drummers have that distinct coordination between the mind and body.
I've always been told that one good way to learn about an instrument is too seek for advices and tips from someone who's very well inclined to the instrument. Given that, I've asked a drummer I came across on Instagram to help us out. Here's Eddy Barco, everyone!
Q: What are the benefits of playing the drums?
A: Playing drums and music can offer a wide variety of benefits. I would say the most obvious and important benefit is the positive effect it has on your brain. There are many studies that show how playing drums and many other instruments helps to develop your reasoning and motor skills. Studies have also shown that playing steady rhythms and complex beats can improve an individual's focus on almost every task.
Q: Some say that drumming is a good form of exercise. What can you say about this?
A: Drumming is a very good source of exercise because it requires full body motion. Ask any drummer and they’ll tell you how sweaty you get after practicing for a couple hours or playing shows.
Q: What and how long does it take before a beginner drummer can actually be considered a pro?
A: In my opinion you’re considered a professional musician when someone offers to pay you for playing. It doesn’t matter how much or how little you get paid, if someone is willing to exchange currency for your service (playing music) then you’re a pro.
Unfortunately there’s no generic amount of time it takes to become a professional. However if you practice a lot, work hard and NETWORK, it won’t take long before you’re getting paid to play.
Q: What is the average duration of a practice session for beginners ?
A: A good practice session for beginners lasts anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour. There are plenty of people who suggest practicing for hours and hours. However, I believe the best approach is to write down all the things you want to learn, and splitting them up into quick 30 minute practice sessions.
The important thing to remember about practicing is to have fun with it and not make it a chore. The problem with practicing too long is that it can easily become boring. The minute you start to hate practicing, take a step back and re-consider what you're doing. Focus on what you like to play and take it from there. Before you know it your practice sessions will become longer because you're enjoying it.
Q: What is the difference between an acoustic and electric drum kit? Do the sounds actually differ?
A: The biggest difference is how the drums feel. Acoustic drums have more rebound when you strike each head and are more sensitive to how light or heavy you play.
Electric Drum sounds are slightly different compared to acoustic drums, but you can barely notice. Electric Drum sounds have improved so much that it's hard to tell the difference between a real kit or an electric kit.
Q: Are there different kinds of drums used for different music genres?
A: Depending on the style you can have different types of drums/percussion being used. Most pop music uses the drum set. Classical music uses a lot of drums/percussion including snare drums, timpani, cymbals, giant bass drums, mallet instruments, etc.
However there are many different styles of music out there that don't require a typical drum set. For example: Congas, Bongos and Timbales usually replace the drum set in a lot of Afro-Cuban music.
Q: Since when did you start playing the drums and how long did it take before you can actually play it well?
A: I started playing drums when I was about 8 years old and I would say It took me about 5 years to become proficient player.
Interestingly enough I didn't own a drum set until I was 19. In fact, I taught myself how to play by practicing on my church's drums for 20 minutes after every service. I did that every day until I went to college and had enough money to buy drums. I didn't let the fact that I didn't have drums stop me. I found a way to make it work and it paid off somehow.
Q: Lastly, what is your advice for drummer wannabes?
A: If you want to be a professional musician, practice hard but also spend time making friends. I've known plenty of talented musicians that never get work because they haven't spend enough time networking. It serves no purpose being the best drummer if nobody calls you for a gig.
Also, the biggest challenge you will have to overcome is the fear of failure. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. Even if a gig seems way out of your league, take the chance, trust yourself and figure out a way to pull it off. Always remember that all the greatest drummers were once amateurs too. They had to figure out ways to succeed just like you and I. Believe in yourself and most importantly, have fun!
There we have it! So for the drummer or musician wannabes ( including me), the important thing is to START. Just start it, you know what you’ve got and who knows, you can discover your passion and love for this. Life is a series of changes and sometimes, that change can bring out the best in you.
Big Thanks to Eddy for helping me out with this!
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Disclaimer: This post originally appeared at www.outletmag.co and is no longer available, hence the repost.
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