Virtual Practice with No Drum Set?

  • Posted on: 9 April 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

Drumming is a way of life, but not all drummers have the chance to start their training while still young: very often people start to feel the urge of expressing themselves through drums in their adult life, when school and college time have passed, and they have the time and freedom to find their personal way of expression.

Most adults begin their drum lessons for beginners with exercises, which increase the perception of time and improve the ability to read sheets music. From there forward, the key to succeed is just practice, practice and practice!

Practicing is quite often not so easy to facilitate. Maybe at this point of time you do not want to buy a drumset (or you can’t afford it) and in addition to that, there’s the location problem: even if you succeed in finding a drum set to play, you would probably still have no idea where to set it up. This can often be tough in a world full of studio apartments and close-dwelling neighborhoods.

The compromise between your training and a quiet life with your neighborhood might easier than what you would expect: I recently learned of a self-training system with free drum exercises online, which could be helpful for practicing, even if you don't have a drum set.

Virtualdrumming.com teaches users to play drums using an interactive drums method, with free online drum lessons, drum sheet music in pdf format, and virtual drums that you can play in real time. The lessons on the score can be played at the speed you desire, making drum drum music sheets understandable even for neophytes.

While I might be lucky enough to keep a drum set at my house, this site could be useful for those who need to practice without a kit.

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