How To Structure Your Drum Practice and Improve Quicker


'Practice' was not a word I was familiar with as a kid growing up and learning the drums, I simply couldn't stop playing.  Unfortunately, just playing for the sake of playing only gets you so far.  You just end up working on the fills and beats you can already play and avoiding the things you struggle with.  The opposite is what you should be doing...going towards the things you fear most, which for many drummers and musicians, is technique.

And working on technique for hours can be pretty soul destroying, as you only need to be missing out on one small detail, in particular, hand positioning.  Whatever you are trying to improve, is not going anywhere at any kind of acceptable pace that won't make you throw your sticks out the window in frustration.

So, having a plan of action and deciding what you want to achieve out of your practice session, is an absolute must.  Fail to plan, prepare to fail is what springs to mind, although not in the literal sense of the word, I mean, you're basically you're gonna be one 'frustrated as hell' drummer.

Depending on where you are in your learning, you should always be working on your rudiments, of which there are 40.  Basically, rudiments are what scales and chords are to a guitarist, exercises to build stick control and hand coordination.

In summary, decide what you want to achieve at the end of your practice session and make sure you time manage everything i.e., 30 mins working on a particular rudiment with a metronome...always! And then, another 30 minutes of playing to an artist or song you really like and that you can actually play along with a reward of sorts.  I always tried to incorporate what I'd been working on during the song.

Have fun and keep working hard, you'll get there.