Practice makes perfect! Well, maybe not perfect but it certainly helps you to improve. Here are a few simple tips to help you get more out of your practise sessions.
Get comfortable in your space
First of all when you’re making music, you want to make sure you feel comfortable. The ability to relax into your session is key. Set your self up somewhere you will be at ease. Make sure you have eaten, and are well hydrated. It may sound silly but, make sure the temperature and lighting are right, and that your space is free of distractions.
Make it fun
Remember why you started playing the drums? Or any instrument for that matter? I’ll bet it came from a curiosity about sound, or a dream to be part of a band. Maybe you started playing as an artistic outlet. Don’t forget the spark when you pick up your sticks!
Set a goal
Maybe your goal is a challenging, technical rudiment, or maybe you just want to improve your chops. Either way, it’s important to make yourself small, attainable goals to be met within each session. What brought you here today? What do you hope to achieve? As with any goal, it helps to write it down. Make it concrete, use a pen and put it down on paper. You can achieve any goal as long as you are willing to work towards it.
Warm up first
Start with something simple, something that you know. Warming up before you start getting technical is important for a multitude of reasons. You want to loosen up and let your body be flexible, and limber. Your mind should be sharp and in tune with the way you are moving. Lastly, you want to make sure that your ears are ready to hear the music you’re playing.
Playing back what you’ve been working on allows you to listen objectively. You’ll be able to pick out any areas that could use improvement, and hear the progress you’ve made from session to session. After listening to your recordings you might be ready to set a goal for your next session, or better yet mark a goal as achieved!
Try a practice pad if your space is limited, or if you use a set at school, or in a studio! If you’re interested in recording a session but you don’t have the gear, we are fully equipped at K-Train Music Studios. Contact us for more information on pricing and availability.