So how can a beginner drummer develop a strong fundamental understanding of rhythm to play drums consistently? A metronome, of course! There are many great metronomes for drummers on the market, and they are exceptional tools for improving your timekeeping.
Practicing drums to a metronome builds accuracy, consistency, a strong sense of rhythm and improves playing speed. The best way to practice with a metronome is to begin with a slow BPM like 60 beats per minute, performing basic rudiments such as single stroke rolls, double stroke rolls, and paradiddles. Then proceed to practice some easy songs for beginner drummers with your metronome!
While we are on the topic of playing a properly constructed drum set, one of my most important tips for beginner drummers is learning to sit with correct drumming posture. Playing the drums with correct form and posture will prevent the risk of injury, while offering a more relaxed and enjoyable playing experience.
Set your drum throne to the right height. As a guide, aim to have your thighs sloping downwards slightly towards the knees. This height will keep a healthy position for your spine and lower back. Position your hi-hat stand and bass drum pedal where the feet fall naturally, with a 45-degree angle between your legs.
Proper drum kit setup is a much-overlooked aspect of drumming. Most beginner drummers tend to construct their drum sets in any way that looks remotely acceptable. The reality is that most beginner drummers set up their sets poorly. Spend some time researching drum sets and look at how your favorite drummers set up their kits. Having a drum set that's correctly set up will allow you to play at your best- plain and simple.
When approaching new drumming techniques, or learning some easy songs for beginner drummers, practice slowly to begin with. Give yourself time to process the new information. Once you feel more confident with new technical patterns, build the tempo up slowly, but do not be tempted to speed it up too soon. As this will compromise your technique and accuracy.