To be the drummer in a band is not as glamorous as being the lead singer or even the guitarist in the group. They are usually at the back of the stage and only really seen when the spotlight shines on them or they have a solo performance, even though their contribution to the group is very important.
Regardless, they are an important part of any band and here are 5 things they need:
A drum kit
Consisting of a base drum, snare drum, floor and hanging toms, hi hat and cymbal.
Having a drum kit is critical to being a drummer, after all it is the main tool needed to be successful. It is essential the drum kit is tuned and well maintained.
Heads are to be changed every 4 to 6 months, remember not to tighten the stands/tom arms too tight so adjustments can be made without destroying anything.
As a drummer you would need a variety of sticks depending on the type of sound you would like to achieve and it is encouraged to have as many different types of sticks in your collection.
The shape and size of the tip, the thickness and length of the stick and the material the stick is made from all have an effect on the sound made and how you play.
When playing as part of a group, all members need to play their parts in a timely and accurate way.
As the drummer you are in control of the beat and timing of each track.
To develop your timing it’s best to practice with a metronome, a device that produces regular clicks/beats, set to beats per minute, and is used by musicians to help keep a steady tempo when playing.
It gives visual cues – by looking at the pendulum swing, as well as sound cues – by listening to the ticks/beating sound. These 2 things tells you if you are keeping to time or not.
Good fitness level
Drummers are required to have a good level of all round fitness as they use their whole body when playing the drums. Regular gym sessions are required to build muscle strength in their arms and legs as well as to keep their back strong.
One thing they can take to help them build muscle is a hydrolyzed protein supplement such as the by Myprotein.
Drummers should always use earplugs whenever they play the drums. This is to prevent them from getting tinnitus.
A foam earplug, when inserted properly, would cut out the dangerous frequencies. However if you are a professional drummer or play the drums a lot even as a hobby, it would be best to get custom earplugs made by taking an impression of your ears and then grafting a silicon earpiece to fit the mould.
It is also possible to request filters that would prevent certain frequencies from being heard through the earplug, thus further protecting your ear drums and preventing you from getting tinnitus.