Drummers have been the backbone of bands and musical groups since the start of time. It’s easy to shy away from a drumkit considering how much space they take up and how loud they are but there are so many benefits to picking up some sticks and hitting stuff.
Drumming makes you have to coordinate the actions of each of your four limbs at once, with each limb performing a different action. If you predominantly use your right hand, it’s likely that you don’t think about your left hand all too much. When drumming your brain needs to strengthen your non-dominant side in order to coordinate your limbs properly.
In a study by the Federation of Drums and Percussion, they even go as far as claiming that it can increase your IQ. Understanding musical notes and dissecting rhythm is a very complicated thought process. Repeated exposure to this kind of stimulus has been matched with an increase in IQ. Rhythm and brain power go hand in hand.
Drums have been used since the dawn of time to communicate. Anything from assembling tribesmen for a hunt to signalling to soldiers that it is time to fight, drums were probably the first telecommunications. Drumming in modern music is still communicating something, expressing a feeling or cultural aesthetics. Picking up some drumsticks is the first step towards expressing yourself to your audience.
Drumming is a great way to burn off some calories. You’re not just sat around, you’re one of the most active members of the band and studies have shown that just by using their hands and moving to the rhythm, people burned an average of 272 calories an hour.
What could be a better way of relieving stress? Picture this, you’ve had a horrible day at work and you got caught in loads of traffic on the way home. You know that you just need to get home, pick up your sticks and just hit the ever-loving god out of your drums. And it’s not useless violence, you’re creating music! Seriously though, drumming has been proven to help reduce stress, frustration and disappointment. Even a few minutes may improve your mood.
They say that drumming produces the same effect as a ‘runners high’ due to the release of endorphins when playing.
If reducing stress wasn’t enough, drumming can also help reduce pain, sometimes even chronic pain. This is also due to the release of endorphins, which are the natural painkillers. It is also known that drumming can help provide a distraction to grief.
As a drummer you are the main rhythmical element to your band. It is up to you to make sure that the rest of your band is playing on time. Years of practice on the drums turns you into a human metronome without you even realising. This means that if you ever want to pick up another instrument, you’ll never have trouble keeping in time with anyone else ever again.
Drumming, like most other musical instruments is a great way to nurture the creative side of your brain. It’s a new way to express yourself through rhythm and fills. There are literally endless beats to learn and create, adding your own unique flair onto your playstyle.
Whether you’re a drummer who hides behind his cymbals or not, drumming is a great way to improve your confidence. Not only is it loud and in your face, if you want to get into a band, it will also encourage you to meet people and develop your interpersonal relationships. It’s hard to be a one-man band!
If you’re in a band, you’re most likely going to be playing in front of a crowd at some stage. Nothing improves your confidence like seeing a crowd full of people dancing to the beats you’re playing.
There are no shortage of reasons as to why you should be playing the drums. From stress relief to brain power, picking up some sticks could really do you good.