I played drums for over 10 years before I decided to actually do my grades.
A bunch of my friends played guitar and bass and while I was hanging out with them, the only seat free was the drum stool.
After swiftly being told off by the music teacher for using what turned out to be expensive beaters instead of cheap drum sticks, I started work on convincing my parents to get me a drum kit for Christmas.
I taught myself.
I was so far into my comfort zone that I didn’t even consider pushing myself any further. This was it. This is how I drum and this is the limit of my abilities.
Then I went to a theatre show
After the show I couldn’t help but feel a pang of disappointment with myself. I’m not saying I now want to work in theatre, but I realised there was still so much to learn. Why had I just stopped?
My partner convinced me to get in touch with Planet drum and think about doing my grades. A year and bit later and I am studying for grade 7 and learning so much.
Music grades are great because they force you to learn different styles and techniques.
Not only this, but it gives you a goal to work towards and you get a big sense of achievement when you get your grade certificate.
I whole-heartedly recommend it to any musician, regardless of how long they’ve been playing.
Writer at Mi-pro
Planet drum student