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10 tips to avoid common drum practice mistakes

December 08, 20233 min read

Let's talk about what to avoid so that you can get in the best practice session possible.


When it comes to practice we can sometimes use some extra motivation to get started. When we do get into it, we need to make sure that we're making the most of our time in the practice room. Being prepared and knowing what you're going to do before you start well help you maximize your practice session.

Here are 10 tips to avoid common drum practice mistakes

1. Not setting specific goals for your practice sessions: 

Having a clear idea of what you want to achieve during your practice sessions will help you stay focused and make the most of your time.

2. Not warming up: 

Just like any other physical activity, it's important to warm up your muscles before diving into more strenuous drumming. Take some time to do some basic exercises to get your hands and wrists loose.

3. Practicing too fast too soon: 

It's important to build up your speed gradually. If you try to play too fast too soon, you'll likely make mistakes and develop bad habits that will be difficult to break later on.

4. Not paying attention to technique: 

Good technique is important for drumming, and it's something that takes time and practice to develop. Make sure you're paying attention to how you hold your sticks, how you hit the drums, and other technical details.

5. Not practicing consistently: 

Like any skill, drumming requires consistent practice to improve. Make sure you set aside time for practice on a regular basis.

6. Not paying attention to your posture: 

Good posture is important for drumming, as it helps you play more efficiently and reduces the risk of injury. Make sure you're sitting up straight and that your feet are flat on the ground.

7. Not listening to yourself: 

It's important to listen to yourself while you're practicing to identify any mistakes or areas that need improvement. Use a metronome to help you stay on time and listen to recordings of your practice sessions to hear how you sound.

8. Not varying your practice routine: 

Mixing up your practice routine can help keep things interesting and prevent boredom. Try practicing different rhythms, tempos, and styles to keep things fresh.

9. Not seeking feedback: 

Getting feedback from a teacher or mentor can be a great way to identify areas for improvement and track your progress. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you're having trouble with something.

10. Not having fun: 

Above all, it's important to enjoy your practice sessions. If you're not having fun, it will be harder to stay motivated and make progress. Make sure you're finding ways to have fun while you practice.

I hope you can use these tips to help maximize your practice and enjoy your playing and move forward with your music!

If you're looking to really take your practicing to the next level, you should check out my DRUM CHOP ACCELERATOR. It's designed to give you the best results in the least time as you practice along with me for productive sessions.

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Grant Collins

Grant’s influential and inventive dedication to the instrument has spanned over thirty years, in which time he has developed new techniques and instrument combinations. This extensive commitment has also seen him make significant global musical contributions, not only to the drums, but the music industry itself as his dedication extends from professional drumming, to corporate motivations, keynote presentations and also the highest of quality creative educational instruction.

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