How to play drums for Beginners
So the first step in learning how to play drums is to understand the drum kit.
1. Ride cymbal
2. Floor tom
4. Bass drum
The foundation of most drum beats across gospel, rock, pop and other genres is created around the bass drum, snare and hi-hat so take note of which these are referring to on the diagram above.
So, the only other thing you need to know before giving it a go is that the vast majority of music is written in a 4/4 time frame. All this means is that, if you count 1, 2, 3, 4 that is 1 bar and you’ve got to go back to 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on
Below is an illustration of what I consider the best way to get started on drums. As long as you can see pictures (don’t even need to be able to read), can count to 4 and are willing to keep trying till you get it you are on your way to learning how to play drums. This method will also work well for kids that want to learn how to play drums. Try it out!
The above illustration is telling you what to play as you count 1-4:
1: play the hi-hat and bass drum together
2: play the hi-hat only
3: play the hi-hat and snare together
4: play the hi-hat only
Once you have completed this 1 bar, go back to the start i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4
You should by now see/hear that you are somewhere very near playing a drum beat and it’s a drum beat that could be adapted to just about any song in 4/4 timing. Keep practicing this until you can play it consistently. A simple test would be to sing your favourite song and play the beat (I really hope your favourite song is in 4/4 timing and if not, try your second favourite song :))