I have an 11 year old son and we recently bought him a drum kit. He has had a few lessons, but unfortunately, he doesnt practice very much. Any suggestions to get him to practice more?
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How to practice more
The best way to get him to practice more is by getting him to WANT to practice more. If you force him to practice and he dosen't like it, he is never going to really progress beyond a certain point. Make sure he likes his teacher. Take him to concerts. Make sure he has exposure to great music, not just what YOU like. Make sure his practice area is inviting and comfortable, but free from distractions like TV.
Most importantly, lie to him and tell him that the drummer gets the most chicks.
I began guitar lessons in 2nd grade. Until high school, it was required that I play my instrument 1/2 hr. per day. I had to study the lesson plan that way specified by my teacher. There were definitely times when I didn't want to, and I don't think I ever really progressed that much. When I got to high school I quit. During that time, my friends who did play music kicked ass and got really good. By my senior year, I picked up the guitar again and never put it down. I did most of my learning on my own in college/post college.
I don't know exactly where I stand on this. My mom was the person who gave me music, and required me to play. I think she did this the only way she knew... she was a classically trained pianist and I think she was required to play.
I will be a dad soon and I want to give my child the gift of music. But I haven't figured out where I stand on this yet. I lean towards requiring my child to play each day, but making it more free form... letting them choose what they play and only encouraging them to follow their lesson plan. Kids loose interest fast, so it will be a challenge to see how to keep them engaged. I plan to be playing a lot of music at home, and will encourage group playing... the family jam sessions!
This is a question I get a lot from parents. The simplest answer is to help keep the passion alive by learning new concepts and taking time to get inspired!
I have a free video that I send to all my new students that breaks down the 7 keys to lifelong practice success. You can watch it here:
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