Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Teaching kids drums

Teaching Kids To Play The Drums

*Written by Cat Harvey (http://www.copycatwriter.comJoin us tomorrow for a follow up article by this author on Feb 28th (tomorrow) re: how to hold the drum sticks and basic rhythms.

It's a noisy hobby, but one that can be very enjoyable and rewarding for a child. It's a great way to encourage self-expression, creativity, and an appreciation of all music. It can be a big investment, or as simple as a set of sticks and a practice drum pad. If you are thinking about giving drum lessons to kids, consider these points as you begin the journey.

Drums have 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, in African tribal celebrations, and in Native American ceremonies, to name a few. Many cultures have used drums expressively over the years, and they can take on a spiritual aspect.

Today, drum circles are a big thing. A group of people sit in a circle and play hand drums. The idea is that sharing the rhythms with one another will develop into 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 to be very therapeutic.

Playing the drums can provide a good physical workout, while it's helping to facilitate self-expression and release stress. Practicing rudiments is essential. But, plenty of time should also be spent letting the child experiment and play what they want. During this time, they may realize the biggest self-expression benefit.

The drums are a musical instrument. Like any other instrument, they require a practice regimen. Be sure that a regularly scheduled practice time is available for the child. If you do not play the drums yourself, consider getting some lessons for the child. Private lessons are usually available through your local music store.

Most kids have an innate love of music, especially popular music. Learning to play the drums to popular songs can give them goals to set and achieve.The discipline involved in regular practice is benefit enough. But, you are also encouraging the child's interest in music. Allowing the child space to be creative in their drumming is essential. Let them go crazy from time to time.

It's important to have the right size drum set for the child, so that they can use the proper posture to play. For younger kids, buy a beginner's drum set. Kids that are older or taller can play on a full, standard size drum set.

They should sit up straight. Slouching will bring pain in the back, shoulders, and neck. The stool should be adjusted up or down so that their feet can reach the pedals of the drum set. Keep the knees around a 90-degree angle. Observe and adjust the stool if the child is leaning in. That will lead to fatigue and lower back pain. Take care that good posture is used, or the child may lose interest in the drums early on.

Join us tomorrow for a follow up article by this author on Feb 28th (tomorrow) re: how to hold the drum sticks.

1 comment:

  1. In fact, there are many ways of dampening the sound volume down on drums and percussion instruments - a qualified teacher (like Dave Brummet) would be able to offer many frugal options for you to consider. Conscious teachers also delve into dynamics, so the student can play with the same intensity but with less volume.


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