Austin Drum Lessons
Often, an aspiring young musician will pick up a guitar or a microphone. It’s understandable: the lead guitarist and the singer are the Rock Stars in the band. The drummer sits at the back of the stage and keeps time. It’s not often seen as being as glamorous as being right in front of the audience.
But here’s the secret about drums: There’s one good drummer for every ten good guitarists.
A drum kit doesn’t look like the hardest instrument to play when you watch a drummer at work, hitting the skins with a pair of sticks, but that simplicity hides a very demanding instrument. To those in the know, the drums are actually considered to be one of the most difficult instruments to play. In other words, for musicians in Austin drum lessons are absolutely instrumental.
A good drummer is valued very highly in the musical community. Ask a studio engineer if they have a spot open for a studio guitarist and they’ll probably brush you off with a polite “We’ll let you know if something comes up.” The world is full of singers who’ve got big dreams but who don’t have what it takes for the stardom they’re seeking. But if you know your way around a six piece kit, you’re bringing a skill set that is actually quite hard to come by.
Do you ever wonder why Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, Nirvana and Queens of the Stone Age plays drums for about a dozen different bands? It’s because that’s how in-demand you are if you’re a truly talented drummer. You won’t be able to keep up with all of the job offers and gigs and opportunities that come with being a truly dedicated, talented drummer.
Although many would describe drumming as “beating things with sticks,” this is like calling a pianist “just some guy/gal that slaps the keys around.” The wrist control and strength that it takes to work a drum kit, well, try shaking hands with a really skilled rock drummer some day, you might find that they’ve got a grip like a vise. Playing the drums is a workout. Anyone can just “bang sticks against the drums,” but with the practice you’ll get with Austin drum lessons, you will find that you’re going to work your wrists and forearms harder than you might have thought.
The drums are the closest you can get to mastering a martial art with a musical instrument. There’s a finesse to every drum hit. Even something as simple as a pair of bongos isn’t as easy as it looks. With a bongo, there are actually multiple ways of hitting the skin, including light finger tapping and heavier palm-slaps, and that’s just using your hands on one or two pieces. If you play in a band, no matter the style of music you play, you’re going to be using a multi-piece kit containing everything from a bass drum to a cymbal, and you’ll find that striking any one piece produces a dramatically different sound based on the speed and angle and a dozen other nuances.
If you’ve ever dreamed of working as a musician, or you know someone who does, drummers are the highly-skilled, highly-sought after recruits of the music world. Drum lessons can help you to learn how to get the sound you want out of your drums, and you’ll learn why a good drummer is one of the most sought after instrumentalists in music. Contact Lone Star School of Music for Austin drum lessons at (512) 712-5187 or fill out our short form for more information.