It is a noisy hobby, but one that can be very enjoyable and rewarding for a child. It’s a great way to foster self-expression, creativity, and an appreciation for all music. It can be a great investment or as simple as a set of drumsticks and a practice drum pad. If you are thinking of giving drum lessons to children, consider these points as you begin your journey.
Section 1. Drumming Can Teach Children to Express themselves
Battery has been used as a means of self-expression for a long, long time. The various rhythms have been used as a means of communication between humans. We see them in marching bands, African tribal celebrations, and Native American ceremonies, to name a few. Drums have been used expressively by many cultures over the years and they can take on a spiritual aspect.
Today, drum circles are a great thing. A group of people sits in a circle and plays the hand drums. The idea is that sharing the rhythms between us becomes a collective rhythm. The result is an increase in the feeling of connection within the group. Drum circles can include children of all ages and are considered very therapeutic.
Playing drums can provide good physical exercise, while also helping to facilitate self-expression and release stress. Practicing the basics is essential. But you also have to spend a lot of time letting the child experiment and play what they want. During this time, they may realize the greatest benefit of self-expression.
Section 2. Drumming can give children something constructive to do with their time
Drums are a musical instrument. Like any other instrument, they require a regimen of practice. Make sure your child has a regularly scheduled practice time. If you don’t play drums, consider taking some lessons for the child. Private lessons are generally available through your local music store.
Most children have an innate love for music, especially popular music. Learning to play the drums to popular songs can give you goals to set and achieve.
The discipline involved in regular practice is quite beneficial. But it is also fostering the child’s interest in music. Allowing the child space to be creative when playing drums is essential. Let them go crazy from time to time.
Section 3. Proper Playing Position
It is important to have the correct size battery for the child so that they can use the correct posture to play. For younger children, buy a beginner battery. Older or taller children can play with a full standard size drum kit.
They should sit up straight. Bending over will cause pain in your back, shoulders, and neck. The stool should be adjusted up or down so that your feet can reach the drum pedals. Keep your knees at a 90 degree angle. Observe and adjust the stool if the child bends over. That will cause fatigue and lower back pain. Be careful to use good posture, or the child may lose interest in the drums early on.
Section 4. Holding the drumsticks
There are a variety of grip styles that can be used on the drumstick when playing the drums. Some constants are that they should be held between thumb and forefinger, about a third of the height of the club. It is important that the clubs are balanced and allow a good swing. Finding the balance is tricky at first, but becomes second nature as the game progresses. We’ll look at the two main grip distinctions here.
This style of grip is very common in jazz percussion and body percussion. Corporate drummers wear their drum on their hips. It is difficult to use a combo grip, where the club is held in the same way with both hands. Also, the traditional grip is a softer hit. Instead of grasping the sticks, they rest in the pocket of the thumb and forefinger. Find your balance and rest the stick on your last two fingers.
This is the grip style that is popular in rock drums and is now accepted for most types of drums. It simply means that both hands are holding the stick in the same way. The stick is grasped with the thumb and forefinger directly. Find your balance and close your grip with the other fingers. You get a lot more power when playing with an even grip. This is why it is most popular in rock drums. Most drummers use the combo grip now, but older drummers feel that knowing how to use the traditional grip is important.
Section 5. Practicing Basic Rhythms
Depending on the age of the child, it is recommended that you practice in shorter and more frequent sessions. Going to a marathon practice session can make them lose interest. If the noise becomes too much, invest in a drum pad for the child to practice. They get the simulation of hitting a drumhead, but without the noise.
Speaking of noise, make sure your child has some kind of hearing protection when touching the battery to avoid damaging hearing. You can use foam earplugs or headphones that block noise.
When the child is starting, consider using a metronome to master the rhythm. It will serve as a guide and make sure the rhythms are even. Probably the most important thing to practice, especially for the beginner, are the rudiments. These include:
• Single hit roll
• Double stroke roll
• Individual paradiddle
• Double paradiddle
• Flam Tap
• Multiple bounce roll
These are just a few of the rudiments that drummers will become familiar with. Practicing rudiments is equivalent to practicing scales on a piano or with a vocal coach. Every catchy pattern and beat will be made up of these rudiments, and mastery is essential.
The child should spend about half of his practice time on the rudiments and the other half on playing whatever he wants. They need a combination of both activities to advance as a young drummer.
Hopefully, you’ve found this article informative and can use it as a base while cheering on your young drummer!