The universe of drum lessons is huge, especially when we talk about creating rhythms. It is possible to create thousands of rhythms on the drums and share them with the world, promoting a new song or teaching students.
And when we talk about teaching drums, it’s necessary to innovate, get into technology and create a learning routine according to the student’s goal, isn’t it? That’s why we’ve separated 7 best practices to apply in drum lessons and keep the learning dynamic.
- Teach the correct playing position
Each instrument has a correct playing position and drums are no different! The correct position for playing the drums is the same as the one we use to type the computer. Clarify in the first class and simulate what the position would be, if possible, for all students.
Get a low chair and leave your feet flat on the floor. Don’t forget to remind them that their arms need to be loose at their sides, with their hands open on their thighs and palms facing down.
The movement is very simple: just hit the thigh with the palm of your hand and step on the floor, imitating the movements made in a real drum set.
2.Play along with real music
Accompanying a professional drummer according to the pace you are learning is a great tip for beginning students. Try to indicate songs with rhythms easier to play and thus encourage them to follow each beat to repeat on the instrument.
3.Understand the rhythm
It sounds cliché, but it’s real: each rhythm is a rhythm. Understand as much as possible the pace you will teach students and carefully explain the bumps in driving. Compare rhythms, showing the differences between beats.
At first, having fewer beats in a rhythm may seem easy, but it depends. There are many students who will have difficulty performing them, so be patient and expand the ways of playing/explaining the rhythm.
4. Create rhythms with students
Creating is the best part of learning an instrument. Encourage students to create their own rhythms according to what they are learning and then discuss with them in class, making professional considerations. Remember to submit references to them!
5. Encourage daily training
As with any instrument, training is the main technique that leads to improvement at any level. Create a routine for the student according to the level and schedule the days considering at least 1 hour of training. If possible, show improvement results every 6 months.
6. Speak the rhythm
When you know the rhythm, it is easier to get rid of the numbers and go into the “talk of rhythms”. Numbers are essential for learning, but once you understand and practice the rhythm, they are unnecessary.
Do we always refer to beats as “yeah”, “thum” and “tss”? It’s the sound each of them makes on a real drum set. For example, reggae can be described as ta-tss-tum-tss.
Take care to speak the rhythm without fail, continuously and without accelerating or braking. Explain to the student! This is the best way to memorize a rhythm.
7.Use apps for studies
The apps are great for improving studies. Encourage students to look for apps that provide access to rhythms, organization of sheet music studies, and broader explanations of beats.
It is another tool that makes the student focused and motivated. Remember this! 😉
These are some incentive techniques that make students even more focused and more comfortable in online or face-to-face drum lessons. Take the opportunity to share with friends.
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