5 bad practice habits for drummers 003
· Not warming up
You wouldn’t not warm up before you go on stage, so why would you not before you practice. You’re still putting your body through a ‘workout’ as such, just this time in the comfort of your own home, practice room or wherever you choose to create noise… maybe the back garden if you don’t like your neighbours. Often you will end up practicing for a lot longer in a practice session than you would in a live show. This gives you even more reason to warm up before you start.
· Practicing what’s fun, not what’s important
Practice what you need to improve on, not just what you’re good at. Whilst it is important to focus on your strengths it is also extremely important to focus on your weakness, this will help you become a well-rounded drummer, a drummer someone will want to employ… no one likes a 1 beat wonder. Remember if you’re struggling with something, slowwww down!
· Getting distracted
We’ve all been there, studying for exams, GCSE’s, A levels, the list goes on and on. Now remember what your teachers always told you, eliminate distractions. Now this is not something we want to really come back to haunt us, however I’m afraid the same principle applies to practicing drums, or any instrument in fact. Leave your phone along with Instagram in another room, dedicate the time you have to practice purely to practicing. This will excel your progression rate more than you think.
· Practicing just to hit something
Like going on stage, it’s very important to be in the right mindset when your go into a practice session. Going to play drums when you’re angry or agitated can lead to a negative association with playing drums, this is not what you want. You want to enjoy playing your instrument. Saying this if you are looking to use drums as an outlet then play stuff you know and enjoy, don’t spend your time trying to learn something new and getting more frustrated than necessary when you don’t quite get it first time.
· Stay in your own lane
Comparing yourself or your progress can be one of the worst things you can do. Everyone progresses at different rates; some might go from beginner to pro in 1 year… I know a few and some it might take 5, 10, or 15+ years. Everyone has different abilities and different amounts of time to practice. Focus on yourself and this will help you grow quicker. Think of it like your first time at the gym, you’re nervous of what everyone is going to think of you…. However, you soon realise that everyone is so focused on what they look like, they don’t even notice you and your left to do the same and only focus on your own progress. You practice should be approached the same way.