Setting Up the Perfect Practice Environment For Drums
Believe it or not, the environment in which you practice your drums is extremely important. In fact, it can literally motivate you to play harder or make you just want to give it all up and stop playing. Some people complain about either not being in the mood or being too tired to pick up the sticks and to play. Well, a good environment can make a huge difference in your practice. What is a good environment you ask? There are six main components that are crucial in creating that perfect setting. They are clean drums, clean room, inviting aura, motivation, lighting, and sound control. We’ll get into further detail for each of these components in the rest of the article.
Simply put, clean drums that sparkle and smile out at you in all their splendor are a joy to look at and a joy to play. With your drums being so clean, you won’t have to worry about getting your hands dusty or your clothes dirty. Furthermore, a clean environment is much more attractive and you’ll actually enjoy spending more time with your drums. Take some time to clean and dust off your drums and polish your cymbals. It honestly does not take that long and you really should be respecting your instrument anyway.
Next, you need to have a clean room without any clutter to match your newly clean drums. As mentioned earlier, a cleaner environment is just so much more attractive and will draw you into the room for practice. Make sure to clean the clutter, vacuum everything up, and dust off all the furniture.
Furthermore, you need to create an aura in the room that is inviting. This might entail giving the room a nice paint job with some warm colors. Or you can set up the room in such a way to make practice easy and hassle free. For example, you might not want to make getting to your throne behind the kit too much of a struggle. You also want to arrange your furniture in way that isn’t too distracting. A couch or a TV in front of the drum set is never a good idea.
Every drummer is going to get discouraged now and then so it’s important to have some motivational things in the practice room. Some ideas are posters of some great bands and great inspirational drummers, awards and trophies you may have won for drumming, or a note with some goals for the future that you wish to attain in terms or drumming progress. Use your creativity to add some decorations to your room. The more motivation they bring, the better.
A well lighted practice area is very important in keeping your spirits up and “in the mood” for drumming. Good lighting will also help you if you read off of sheet music while you play. You won’t have to squint and guess notes. Never play in the dark.
Good sound control is vital for a practice room. You wouldn’t want to disturb neighbors and have them knocking at your door complaining. I know it’s a big problem for a lot of drummers but it’s just something that has to be dealt with. You can invest in pad or an electric kit if a loud acoustic drum set isn’t possible. You could also implement some soundproofing techniques to try and muffle the sound using blankets or foam. Regardless, make sure you take care of the sound issue so you’re not worried or disturbed during practice.
With all of these components taken care of, you will feel more comfortable playing the drums. Heck, you might even enjoy it. Good luck!