Is it difficult to play the drums? That’s a question I’ve been hearing and answering a lot. To be honest, I perfectly understand it. Let’s be real:
Drumming might look easy. And for some part, it definitely is. But of course, that’s only one side of the medal. Because drumming can be a tough challenge too.
It’s difficult to play the drums – and it’s easy at the same time
To start of, I’d like to share one of my biggest believes with you: Everybody can learn to play the drums. For me, that’s a fact.
Of course I know that people that disagree. But hey, why listen to the Nay-Nellies when you can have a great time rocking out instead? 😉
So playing the drums is something everybody can enjoy. You just need to grab a pair of sticks, sit down behind the kit and play that beat. That’s doable, isn’t it?
On the other hand, it’s not that easy to be a great drummer. As always in life, this skill doesn’t come by luck or anything. You have to get up and
- listen and
- learn for years.
And that makes it difficult to play the drums: You have to stick to it for a long time. At least, if you want to be good or even great at it. Just the way you want to be.
Say What? Ask How Instead!
As mentioned before, playing the drums is for everyone. So the What? is clear. However, being a great drummer or becoming the musician you want to be is not that easy to achieve. It’s hard work besides of being a ton of fun over a long period of time.
So yes, it’s easy to play the drums.
BUT: It’s difficult to play the drums like a pro.
Are you going to have an awesome time behind the kit? I bet you will! And this won’t have to do something with your level of experience.
If you’re thinking of learning the drums, do yourself a favour:
Don’t ask what you want to do. Obviously, it’s learning to play the drums. Ask yourself how you can reach your personal goals instead.
After all, that’s all that matters:
You have to be happy with your decisions. Choose wisely and stick to the path that’s right for you. The rest will come. And if it doesn’t, reach out for professional help or change the plan. But never the goal.