Melbourne Drum lessons: What to expect in your lesson?

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I am often asked by friends and non-musicians about what a music teacher actually teaches, specifically what we do in music lessons, so I thought I’d do a quick blog post giving a basic run down of some of the things you could expect to encounter in your music drum lesson. Of course every teacher is different, and has his or her own approaches, but there are certain things we all agree on as essential things for the aspiring musician to study.

Each instrument is different in the way it’s constructed and played, so there will always be unique things relevant to a specific instrument. But beyond that, there are areas that are common to all instruments. In the case of the drums, you play the instrument by hitting drums and cymbals with your hands and pedals with your feet. So, first of all you need to develop the technique and coordination needed to play a basic beat or rhythm. Your teacher will go through different exercises with you to develop this. There are many technical exercises to learn, in the form of rudiments and other things that help to develop your technical facility on the drums. You will also learn to read music, and understand theory.

Aural skills are also very important, that being the ability to play a song just from hearing it, without the sheet music. We work on this by learning to identify by ear different types of chords, rhythms and melodic intervals.

In the course of your studies, you will learn many songs and pieces, otherwise known as repertoire. Learning your favorite song or piece of music is the part that draws most people to music in the first place. The ability to play music from memory to perform for yourself, for friends, in a band or in concert is one of the most satisfying parts of learning music.

This has just been a very short overview of some of the topics we cover in our Melbourne drum lessons. Why not take the step and book in for your first lesson? Call us today.

 

Electric or acoustic drum kit – which is best for the beginner?

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Parents of young drum students eventually have to face the question of what kind of drum kit to buy for their child. Asking your Melbourne drum teacher for advice is a must. There are so many options available these days, which is great, but it’s also easy to get lost in the options and not know where to start. When it comes to buying a new drum kit, you need to ask yourself a question. Will you be able to tolerate the volume of your child practising every day (drums are obviously very loud)if you buy an acoustic set? If the answer is no, and you’ll more than likely end up going crazy from the noise and in turn never allow the student to practise, then you should look into an electronic drum kit. These days you can get a really decent electronic drum kit for a beginner for less than $500. I will say for sure that they are not quite as good as an acoustic kit for developing technique on, but they are virtually silent, and if it means you’ll let them practise where they otherwise couldn’t then that is the best option for you.

Here’s an electronic drum kit we’d recommend if you’re thinking of heading down that road.

Or if you’re sure an acoustic kit is the best way to go, take a look at this one. Both are budget models that will help the beginner get underway.

Our Melbourne drum teachers can help you get started with the basics, assist in buying a suitable drum kit, and take the music student all the way through exams (if that is of interest) or whatever musical outcome the student desires. Call us today for 20% off your first lesson.

Why spend hours on a boring treadmill? Just play drums!!

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The drum kit as we know it is a relatively modern invention, which came into being roughly 100 years ago, when large orchestras were downsizing into what became known as “big bands” and club bands that would play on smaller stages than the usual concert hall, in places like night clubs and dance halls. These new drummers had to come up with ways to use all four of their limbs in order to be able to play all the rhythms that the various instruments in a traditional orchestral percussion section(4-5 people) would play. The drum kit is the only modern instrument that uses all four limbs in such a way (many instruments incorporate the use of foot pedals to change sounds and add effects, but none use the feet so accurately and intrinsically as the drums).

If you’ve ever played the drums you’ll realise how much of a rigorous physical activity it really is. Not only do you have to use your legs and feet simultaneously, which engages your physical core as well as your mind, but then add to that your entire upper body, especially the muscles of your shoulders and back to control the swinging of sticks at high speed while you hit the drums hard! Drum lessons can relieve stress and be a great outlet for anger, it can calm and soothe you and it can even help boost your intellect. Further, it can aid in the alleviation of pain as some research suggests. The activity of playing the drums promotes endorphin production and endogenous opiates – these are the human body’s natural painkillers.

So who wouldn’t want to play the drums? it’s not only great for your health and your brain, it’s also tons of fun, and of course musical: playing music either by yourself or with friends in a band is an incredibly rewarding experience, which can bring you much happiness and satisfaction. So go on, give us a call now and sign yourself up for a drum lesson with Music in Mind. We’ll take you there with 20% off your first lesson..