first got started with drums when I was in 6th grade. I was going
to join the 6th grade concert band. We got to try a few different
instruments and I was okay at some of them, but I knew I wanted to play
percussion. After an extremely simple tryout (copying simple
rhythms on a practice pad), the band directors decided I could play
percussion! Thus began my drums and percussion saga.
After learning and playing all the different percussion instruments
within the concert band for a couple years, I wanted to develop my
talents a little more, so I began taking private lessons in 8th
grade. I started with mainly snare drum lessons, because at the
time I didn't own a drumset. However, after I had been taking
lessons for a while, my instructor introduced me to the drumset.
I started my practice routine by sitting in a desk chair playing on
pillows, books, or anything I could find. After about a year of
this practice method, my parents bought me a drumset for Christmas!
I was pretty excited about finally having an actual drumset to play on,
but I didn't feel like my lessons were really helping me advance my
skills. I felt like in my lessons, we were just playing the same
couple beats and riffs over and over. And when I was practicing
at home, I tried to stray outside of what we had worked on, but found I
didn't really have the technique or skill to do that. Basically,
I felt stuck.
This sort of drove me away from drumset for a while. While it
gathered dust in my parents' basement, I focused on other percussion
instruments. It wasn't until my freshman year of college I
started playing drumset in lessons again. This time with a new
teacher, I was able to learn more, and develop more technique.
Through college and beyond I have continued to play and learn more on
Why I created DrumLessonsCritic.com
I have been playing for a while now, but I still feel like there is a lot of stuff I can improve upon in my drumming.
After graduating from college and being out on my own, I found that I
didn't really have the extra money to take lessons. $30 an hour
adds up pretty quickly...to the tune of over $1500 a year. So I
started looking for alternative ways to improve my drumming.
Naturally, with all the resources available, I looked to the internet.
I found a bunch of different programs out there. I tried a few
out, starting with some of the less expensive ones first. I found
some that were good, some that were great, and some other ones that I
wouldn't recommend to anyone.
I had a friend who was into website design and affiliate marketing and
he came to me with the idea to build a website based on my experiences
with different drum lesson courses. I thought it would be a great
opportunity to share my opinions and ideas with my fellow
drummers. Thus, DrumLessonsCritic.com was born.
I hope you guys enjoy this website and come back often.