Does Drumming Reduce Stress?

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Does drumming reduce stress?

And if it does:


I think these are two really important questions to answer.

After all, modern everyday life is demanding.

Maybe playing the drums can help you relax a little?

Drumming Vs. Stress

I’ve been playing the drums for over 15 years now.

So, here’s my opinion on drumming as a possible stress reliever:

Yes, drumming can help you relax.

It’s a fun way to reduce your level of stress.

There are said to be even more health benefits to playing the drums.

However, making music can only reduce stress to a certain point.

There’s simply no replacement for medical care and actively changing one’s daily habits (if possible, of course).

But in general, drumming can help you reduce your level of stress on a daily basis.

From A Drummer’s Perspective: Why Making Music Is Good For You

I’m a professional drum teacher and blogger, not a doctor.

With this said, I won’t share any medical reasons why drumming boosts your mood.

(I bet it has to do with endorphins, but I’m just guessing.)

Instead, I tackle the topic from a musician’s perspective:

Drumming is a great way to be creative.

It grabs your attention and inspires you to keep learning.

Furthermore, drumming lets you experience the moment.

If you’re in the flow state, you really forget everything around you.

No worries, duties, or anything harmfully stressful on your mind.

It’s just the rhythm and you.

Learning to play the drums can also help you boost your confidence.

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And no, you don’t have to be the best drummer in the world to enjoy playing this instrument.

It can be all about the fun, if you want it to be.

No need to be stressed about your drumming skills or the hardest part of being a drummer, too.

How To Find Out If Drumming Is For You

In my opinion, drumming can definitely help you reduce your level of stress.

But how can you really be sure about that?

To be honest, I can’t tell you.

You simply have to try.

After all, I don’t know what’s best for you.

But I can share tried and tested tips:

If you think drumming can help you relax, get in touch with a professional drum teacher and talk about your needs.

Also, don’t be afraid to talk about doubts or insecurities you might have.

A pro will be glad to help you.

You could join a drum circle in your neighborhood as well.

There are also rehearsal rooms with drum sets in bigger cities.

If you want to try out playing the drums on your own, you can book one or two hours there.

Maybe it also helps to

  • watch some drumming videos online,
  • listen to great drummers,
  • or simply try a drum app.

Would I recommend buying a drum set or other equipment already?

No, I would find other ways to try out first.

Unless you’ve always dreamed of learning how to play the drums, of course.

But that’s a different story.

All the best to you, and hopefully you find a great way to reduce your level of stress.

Maybe by learning how to play the drums?


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Author: Manu Holmer

Hi, I'm Manu Holmer, nice to meet you! As a professional drummer and drum teacher, my vision is to help others transform their lives with the power of music. Let's not only play the drums. Feel the rhythm & and walk to our own beats!

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