How Long Does It Take To Learn Drums?

Learning to play drums can be a little intimidating at first, but, you quickly realize how fun it can be. It doesn’t take as much time as you might think to learn the basics. Playing basic patterns, fills, and learning songs can take anywhere from 2 to 3 months. After that, it will only go faster.

Learning to play the basics on the drums is much easier than other instruments, and mastering drumming is something that feels almost impossible. Even the best drummers in the world have a lot to learn, so it’s a lifetime study.

  • Learning to play basic patterns, fills, and a few songs on the drums will take around 2 to 3 months.
  • Remember that the learning process will only get faster as you progress and learn the fundamentals.
  • The most important thing to know before learning the drums is your goals. Learning to play a song with basic fills and patterns will be much faster than playing a live set in front of an audience with a band.
  • Once you reach your goal, then you can set the next one, then the next one, etc.
  • You should practice AT LEAST 20 to 30 minutes per day if you want to improve fast and consistently.
  • First, focus on proper posture, learn how to set up your drums, how to position the drum throne, and later start with basic patterns and fills.
  • Once you get around the basics, you can start with more advanced stuff like technique, grip, music theory, playing different styles, and so on.

How Often Should You Practice Drumming

Practicing is the best way to improve at whatever it is that you do and drumming is no exception. It’s a mandatory requirement for every skill in the world. No matter where you are in your learning journey, practicing drums should be a part of your daily routine. The better you become, the more you will practice.

In short, you need at least 20-30 minutes of focused practice every day to improve faster. There is no other way around it. The good thing is that practicing drums is a lot of fun and a great way to relieve the pressures of everyday life. There are a lot of tips on how much you should practice and how much should each of your practice sessions last, but the most important one is that when you do practice, you need to be 100% focused on the task at hand.

Start with the basics of learning good posture, how to set up the drums, and how to position the drum throne, and later start with basic patterns and fills. Once you learn the basics, you can start practicing more advanced stuff, such as technique, grip, music theory, playing different styles, and so on.

Is Drumming Hard?

There are two answers to this question. Learning to play the drums on a basic or even intermediate level is much easier than other instruments. It’s one of the reasons why kids always run toward drums instead of any other instrument. It doesn’t take as long as, let’s say, a harp to get good at, and you can see and hear the results pretty fast.

The second answer is yes, it’s really hard. Once you hit that advanced level, you discover that there are a lot of other different techniques, styles, and genres to play, and it only becomes harder and harder.


With proper instruction, you can get on a decent level of drumming pretty fast. Even playing a whole song or starting to come up with your own drum beats, fills, and patterns can happen quickly. The most important thing is to stay motivated and continue practicing; fun is unavoidable.

Mike O'Connor
Mike O'Connor

I've been playing drums for over 18 years. I work as both a session drummer and a drum teacher, and I love to share my knowledge and tips on this site. You can also find me on the Electronic Drum Advisor YouTube channel.

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