You don’t need a professional, but I have a few tips to help you succeed.
1. You are not a drummer
If you don’t believe me, ask your friends. All this gear and practice is all because they played drums. (See #2)
If you have a good sense of rhythm and can play it consistently in a bar you will get to this level of drumming in no time.
My friend Joe says that playing drums is a mental game that just happens (without really saying anything… yet). He says he plays his drums like a beat of a guitar beat, and his friends do their drums like the beat of a drum. If you want to improve your drumplaying, don’t just pick up a bass drum.
2. You can have a “no band practice” plan
“NO band practice” means no professional band practice. If you don’t have a professional band in your neighborhood, you can practice any piece of solo guitar or music you like. Go to an open mic, play an instrument you’re good at or a song in a band or a jam session you are in.
Once you have this plan in mind, do what your friends do. Don’t expect to be a big band star overnight. Practice in a group, with friends, at your own pace. Get a good, long practice time for your favorite tunes. (Also, don’t let anyone bully you into being in a big big band. This will hurt your confidence.)
3. Playing a song for your band can be scary
You’ve heard what they say about getting out of the studio. We have never heard that saying about playing a song for your band.
Most of all, practicing on your own is much harder than making it on stage. But, it can help. Try some of the songs below, but make sure you get to the heart of them before you jam. Then, go get on the road and see what happens when you play your song live… you won’t be disappointed.
When you first start out trying songs can get scary. It won’t take long to be comfortable. Once you’ve got a taste, most of them become second nature.
4. You don’t have to get a coach
I’m often asked if it hurts to play in front of a crowd. I answer that it’s a little uncomfortable. It doesn’t matter if your band or solo guitar/bass player
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