When should I start learning?
What is the perfect age to start learning drums? The answer to this is a difficult one. It depends on so many different factors. What do you want to get from your lessons? How often can you practice? How seriously do you want to take it?
These are just some of the things that you should ask yourself before your first lesson. There are no right or wrong answers but knowing if you just want to “Have a go” or become a rock star or theatre musician can help your music teacher shape your lessons to suit you.
Over the many years that I have been a drum teacher, I have had students that have always wanted to play the drums and are now ticking off a line on their bucket list. I’ve had kids that liked the idea of playing drums and then decided it wasn’t for them, Ive had professional musicians who want to brush up their skills, people wanting to take grading exams, retired people wanting an unusual hobby and even someone who was preparing to enter a music degree course.
It really doesn’t matter what your motivation is, how old you are, if you are left handed or right handed a boy or a girl, have never played anything before or are a multi instrumentalist. The important thing is you enjoy it!
Tuesday 7 January 2020 saw the sad passing of a truly great and inspirational drummer. Neil Peart was the drummer and lyricist in Canadian progressive rock band Rush. Over the 40 years that he played and toured with them he wrote some of the most inspirational lyrics and drum parts in rock history.