“When the drummer’s in trouble, the whole band, including the backing musicians, will rise up to help them!” – Daniel Confland
While only around 1 in 20 students learn the drums at school, they are one of the most popular instruments among self-taught musicians.
Drummers are an essential part of any band as they keep time for the whole band.
Not everyone has the time to get drumming lessons at school or with a private drum teacher. Others don’t have the budget to regularly pay a private tutor or pay to attend a drum school
So what can you do?
What are the best tools for starting to learn how to play the drums?
In this article, we’re going to show you how you can play the drums online!
You firstly need to ask yourself exactly what an online drum tutorial entails. It’s organised in a similar way to a typical drum lesson and according to your goals:
Percussion, and drums especially, is best learnt with an experienced teacher. (Source: musikschule)
Online drum courses are also organised according to your level, which your teacher will probably establish shortly after your first lesson:
You can also get drumming lessons online from music schools such as:
There are also other online resources like:
From online video, blogs, websites, tutorials, and podcasts, there are plenty of ways to learn how to play the drums online.
With apps and social media, there are lots of ways to learn how to play the drums! (Source: LoboStudioHamburg)
What are the advantages of these sites?
You can use them almost anywhere thanks to your smartphone or tablet. You don’t need to organise a specific time and place to use them like you would have to with a physical tutor; you just have to reach into your pocket and open up your app of choice!
When it comes to drum apps, these are some of the best:
Additionally, there are apps that can help you in other ways. After all, you need to learn more than just how to play the drums. There are accessories and apps you should look into getting:
In terms of apps, there are both apps you have to pay for and free apps:
Now that you have everything you need to master playing the drums, you’ll need to get started by choosing the right tutorial and start learning how to play.
When it comes to learning how to play the drums, there’s one site you have to visit: YouTube. YouTube is a veritable treasure trove of resources for aspiring drummers with videos on:
If you dream of performing live, you’re in luck as there are plenty of ways to learn to play the drums! (Source: skeeze)
In terms of tutorials, it’s a good idea to look for videos by professional drummers, who often give you some really useful advice. For example:
Then there are also some great drumming YouTube channels worth checking out:
There are some channels that you have to check out! They cover various musical styles and any musician should be able to enjoy them. Here are some of the noteworthy ones you should keep in your “favourites” tab:
If you’re still not convinced, we have plenty of other ways you can learn to play the drums online.
Whether you’re looking for a basic music lesson or an article on certain instruments, blogs are a great way to find out more. Blogs are useful for both beginners and professional drummers as well as those teaching themselves or learning at a school. They can:
You have to be passionate about playing the drums if you want to succeed at them. (Source: Free-Photos)
There are also blogs with drum lessons which you can use to complement the other educational resources you’re using. There are a number of music schools, websites, and online magazines that also offer this kind of learning:
There are also sites for professional drummers and specialist sites for specific types of music like:
Whether you’re a beginner or an expert or just wanting to learn how to play a certain song, sites like Superprof also offer blogs with information on different ways to learn how to play the drums.
Why not see if the drums are for you by getting online tutorials?
On Superprof, you can also look for online tutors to teach you over webcam. While these tutors aren’t free, they tend to charge less per hour than a face-to-face tutor since they don’t have outgoings such as travel expenses. You can also get a tutor from anywhere in the world and at any time of the day.
This means that if you work nights, for example, you can get a tutor who’s awake at the time that works for you and get online drum tutorials early in the morning. Of course, always check that your drumming won’t bother your neighbours, especially if you’re going to be playing them at 3 am!