While cruising a drum forum I can across this very useful guide to playing drums in a church setting. It has some very good pointers not only for drummers, but for any band member.
The Essentials of the Church Drummer
- Limb separation: (no you don’t need a saw for that), just being able to have your limbs work separately. That is not having to ‘think’ about when to strike the snare, it just happens without you thinking about it. So your brain just becomes a metronome, making sure that the beat doesn’t slip.
- Muscle memory: To be able to do this you need to practice and develop your muscle memory. Basically practice, practice, practice.
- Holding the beat: You also need to be able to hold a beat. Practice with a metronome. Once you have the basic rock beat under control, practice along with some music. Remember the drummer is supposed to drive the beat – so it’s important. At the moment I’m practicing along to some early Cold Chisel songs. Pretty basic beats and fills.
- Practice: Did I mention that? You need to practice, and when you’ve finished practicing, practice again. I’ve found that consistant practice, (and this doesn’t just apply to drums), every day is much better than the occasional 1 hour every week or couple of days.