Updated on March 3rd, 2018
There are numerous reasons why anyone should take up drumming, there are a lot of reasons backed up by science and there are a lot of reasons backed up by personal experience.
Here’s a list of the 10 best things about playing the drums, and especially why you should start playing the drums today!
- 1 Reason #1 You’ll have a great time
- 2 Reason #2 You will improve your coordination skills
- 3 Reason #3 Drumming can increase your IQ
- 4 Reason #4 Drumming will help you develop creative skills
- 5 Reason #5 Drumming can improve your social skills
- 6 Reason #6 You’ll burn some calories
- 7 Reason #7 Playing drums will take away stress
- 8 Reason #8 Playing the drums will help you improve reflexes
- 9 Reason #9 You are the most important band member
- 10 Reason #10 You will understand music better
Reason #1 You’ll have a great time
Playing the drums is fun, whether you play like a pro or just pound away on a pair of bongos, either way you’ll have a blast.
You are able to create, and creating is what humans like most. What you create is a beat, a beat to which people can dance or band membres can play.
Reason #2 You will improve your coordination skills
By playing the drums you are able to improve your coordination skills.
When you start out playing the drums you’ll probably experience a lack of coordination when you try to move limbs separately.
However, after hours of practice you’ll get better and better.
Eventually you’ll be able to play true beat with your right hand and offbeat with your left hand simultaneously.
Reason #3 Drumming can increase your IQ
Research has shown that rhythmic therapy can improve ones’ IQ significantly. As a drummer you are continuously practicing rhythmic therapy, you are able to improve your own intelligence and that of the people listening to your beat.
Reason #4 Drumming will help you develop creative skills
As a drummer you are constantly creating different sounds. When you want to create a new beat you have to be creative and create something you’ve never heard before.
This encourages you to develop this skill. When you master creativity it becomes easier to express yourself through drumming.
And when you are able to express yourself through drumming you are able to create super unique and compelling beats and sounds.
This might seem as a strange reason but it’s true, drumming can improve your social skills.
Surely you can practice your musical skills on your own but the ultimate goal is to play in a band or orchestra and mix your drum sound with other instruments.
By doing so you will have to communicate closely with your band members in order to create the ultimate sound.
This reason goes for young and old but will have the most effect on youngsters as they are more likely to adapt.
Reason #6 You’ll burn some calories
Drumming is just as physically challenging as it is mentally challenging. When you are practicing your drum skills you move you are actually working out.
In a one hour session you are likely to burn over 200 calories.
Reason #7 Playing drums will take away stress
Research has shown that playing the drums can help you reduce stress hormones such as cortisol.
Drumming will help you relieve stress, give you new energy, make you relax and blow of steam at the same time!
Reason #8 Playing the drums will help you improve reflexes
Your hands and arms must be lightning quick when you want to play the drums like a pro. And so do your fingers and feet.
Research has shown that while you are improving your overall drum skills you are simultaneously improving your reflexes.
Reason #9 You are the most important band member
As you get better at playing the drums you are likely to start playing in a band.
When you do, you are the most important band member. You are responsible for the rhythm of the entire band. They rely heavily on your skill.
As a drummer you are the backbone and therefore most important member of a band.
Reason #10 You will understand music better
When you are playing the drums it’s sometimes necessary to dissect a song or part of a song, either by doing so on paper or listening to different aspects of that particular song.
This will help you understand the music better and it will help you experience the ‘feel’ of the music.
As a drummer the ‘feel’ or ‘groove’ is very important, but you’ll learn about that when you advance your skills.
Now that you know the top 10 reasons why you should start playing the drums, don’t wait around and start your drumming experience today!
You can buy a second-hand drum kit for about $50,- and start playing by tomorrow. Look at all the benefits playing the drums will bring you!