Drumming is your hobby? Good choice! Why so? In this article, I’ll write about the greatest benefits of you playing the drums according to science. Then I’ll compare them with my own experience. Ready for some mash-up of facts and thoughts? Nice, let’s do this! 🙂
The biggest benefits of drumming as a hobby
Making music has been a crucial part of my life for over 14 years now. I started drumming when I was a teenager girl. And up to this day, I adore it! It is not only is great fun but also is a wonderful way to express feelings. Plus it is a nice challenge for your body and your brain. I’m always in for that. 🙂
Spoiler: The nice thing is that scientists agree with me. Furthermore, they state that drumming even has more positive effects on your body and soul. Like:
Drumming can reduce negative stress, pain and anxiety.
Yes, I think this is true to some point. However, drumming actually can cause stress or pain. The latter is the case when you have a bad technique for example. Or if you take playing the drums too serious. (and forget about the fun part!)
Playing the drums to fight anxiety
I highly believe that drumming as a hobby helps you to deal with anxiety. This is related to the effect it has on chronic pain:
As it releases endorphins in your body, it helps to calm down and feel more relaxed. When you enter the flow, you forget everything around you. And I mean everything: From time to space to pain nothing bothers you anymore. Great!
So yes I strongly share the scientific opinion. 🙂
Drumming as a hobby boosts your immune system
Some researchers also found out that drumming helps us to stay healthy. This is quite interesting! In fact, I’m thankfully a person of great health. I don’t know if it is related to me being a female drummer of course. But hey, why not? What about you? Are you hopefully healthy and a drummer too?
Speaking of: It is also said that drumming makes you fit and helps you to lose weight. What to think of that …
Only fit and fancy looking drumsters?
Even if some studies show that drumming helps you become fit and lose some pounds – I don’t nod my head in excitement.
It might be true that you burn some 600 calories per certain gigs. This actually makes sense. Because gigging and also practicing the drums is both mentally and physically demanding.
But: Drumming is no sports. It’s making music. If you’re struggling with certain diseases or only eat junk food this won’t help you lose weight to a big extent. As I was slightly overweight as a teenager, I know what I’m talking about. 🙂
To sum things up: Playing the drums is a wonderful spare-time activity. But music is no sport. Music is music! Getting fit and in shape is a tough task. And I think a different one.
Being a drummer = being more intelligent?
Ok, this is a nice one. 🙂 You know, there are tons of jokes about musicians around. And many of them make fun of drummers.
Now we’re heading over to Sweden to read what the researchers found out:
According to them, the highest results of their intelligence test were scored by a certain group people – those who did best keeping time with a drumstick.
Interesting! Of course, I’ve also got an opinion on that: Intelligence can not only be proven by one test. This is, because there are different forms of it.
Developmental psychologist Howard Gardener defined them 1983 as:
- interpersonal and
- spatial intelligence.
So I don’t think drummers are necessarily smarter than any other person. It depends on the individual, not the group. Plus I don’t think a simple intelligence test is enough to prove the potential of ones brain. But that’s a different story. 😉
Is drumming a good hobby for you?
To sum things up: Yeah, drumming can improve your life. But to be honest, I don’t need science to prove that. It’s fun and that’s one of the main reasons to pick up the drumsticks and rock.
What about you? Is drumming one of your biggest hobbies? And what do you like most about it? Tell me in the comments below! 🙂