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The Best Way To Learn Drums Quickly

Samantha Landa  /  UPDATED Apr 17, 2023

The best way to learn drums quickly is to identify your learning style and find lessons that match.

While there’s no silver bullet that’ll make you a powerhouse drummer overnight, the best way to learn quickly is to identify your learning style and find lessons that support it.

In the VAK learning model, there are three core learning styles based on watching, listening, or doing. You can learn all of three ways, but one of the senses is usually dominant.

Some drummers learn by watching. Others learn by doing. Which one are you?

V = Visual learning

You learn best by looking at a picture/diagram or by watching others do it first. Most educational drum videos use a demo format where visual learners can see it performed by an expert before trying it themselves.

In this video, Brandon not only talks about how to play Taylor Hawkins’ best drum beats, but he shows you how to do it on the kit:

A = Auditory learning

You learn best by listening. This could include hearing how an instructor explains things in a video, but it’s even more effective in podcasts and conversations. People who learn music by ear fall into this category. Rather than read sheet music or watch someone else play it first, they’ll just put on the song and listen to what the drummer does.

For an example of how you could learn just by listening to a drummer, close your eyes and hit play on this video:

K = Kinesthetic learning

You learn best by picking up the drumsticks and actually doing the thing. Just watching or listening might not seem practical to you, and your ideal way to learn is to get your hands dirty.

Many online drum lessons (and even some in-person lessons) only help if you learn best by watching or listening. If you’re a do-er, you might get distracted or not retain the information.

Check out the video below. While it starts with a visual lesson, it goes into a 5-minute guided ‘workout’ intended for drum students to play along:

If you struggle with consistency or can’t seem to get motivated to drum every day, this is the perfect excuse to sign up for 30-Day Drummer: a program with a fun instructor that’ll have you playing along for an entire month. And it’s made for kinesthetic learners!

Hosted by Domino Santantonio (known for her energetic TikTok pop covers and positive personality), each daily workout is just 10 minutes long and will help you improve your timing, feel, endurance and more.

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Daily fun drum workouts with Domino Santantonio

When you sign up for 30-Day Drummer, you’ll:

  • Get a free practice pad ($79 value) and drumsticks
  • Get access to a platform where you can connect with other drummers in the program and share your progress
  • Get weekly live Q&A sessions with Domino
  • Build better practice habits
  • Improve your timing
  • Boost your creativity
  • Play more musically

30-Day Drummer runs from September 5 to October 5, 2022. For just $97, you’ll get to join the party and have lifetime access to these videos. It costs less than private lessons and you’re guaranteed to be a better drummer at the end of the month.

Set aside 10 minutes a day in your calendar and get ready to become a better drummer!

Join 30-Day Drummer

Samantha Landa currently drums with Conquer Divide and has been featured by outlets such as Sick Drummer Magazine and DRUM! Magazine. Sam proudly endorses Mapex Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads and Los Cabos Drumsticks.

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