How to Practice Drums without a Drum Set, 5 Tips to Try Today

If drumming is your passion and you are the type who travels a lot, you school far away from home, you haven’t gotten your drum kit yet, or you wish to practice your skills?

This article has got you covered!

Most people who fall under this category feel their drumming is put on hold upon distance, funny how they can’t practice when their drum is not present.

But there are ways you can beat this setback even without actual drums; bonus sides are – it makes you a better drummer!

So if you are thinking of how to practice drums without a drum set, then these 5 different tips will help you along the way.

Let’s begin……drum roll!

Why You Should Practice Drumming Without A Drum Kit

You might be wondering how practising drumming without a drum set works; honestly, it has its perks. It will help detach that feeling of “without a drum, you can’t produce a freestyle beat that portrays hidden rhythms.” And then there are two important perks you probably don’t know you build while fake drumming;

First off, you increase the agility of your muscle memory, moving all (4) limbs in different directions, speed, and intensity (coordination). The second benefit is timing, so you will be able to perform those string of movement at the right time and in accord.

It is worth noting that your brain reacts to the way you play whether you are using real toms, snares, or cymbals; either way, your brain will record how you move your legs and arms, and it will be no different from when you are beating off on your drum kit.

Do you doubt this? Try it for a 7-day trial period, and you’d be surprised how attuned your movement has become.

Now that you know the need to practice without drums, below are ways that you can!


5 Unique Ways To Practice Your Drumming Without Real Drums

Since you have come to terms with the idea that drumming without drums is possible, here are five ways that actually work and will yield great performance when you finally return to your drum set back at home or buy yourself one.

Rudiments In Drumming

  1. The Pillow Method

Most of us may know this style, as it is an old one. You know, with your pair of sticks and a pillow, you could practice your rudiments just as you would on a practice pad or electronic drum set. To do this, you must have your sticks available as every finger and hand motion is copied and stored by your brain, and thus, easily transferred to when you are on your drum set.

This method actually has its perks because a pillow is softer and wouldn’t throw your stick back at your face, so all the heavy work/lifting is done by your muscles.

This may be challenging at the beginning, but with practice, you will familiarize yourself with the whole process, and when you get back on the real drums, your rebound will be super!


  1. The Air Drumming Method; For Perfect Arm Movement

Air drumming shouldn’t sound new to you, we all had those air-drumming moments before we ever got a drum kit, with this said you might think this doesn’t work. But remember, it’s about preserving and getting better with your movement/coordination that matters.

In this method, sticks are unnecessary as rebound and finger movement is not suitable for this practice. Instead, air-drumming concentrates on your muscle memory, precisely your arm movement. It’s pretty straightforward; all you need do is use your imaginative power.

5 Ways To Practice Drumming Without Real Drums

Picture your drum set in front of you and get yourself a sheet of music and begin your practice. Doing this often, you would be surprised how far you have gotten acquainted with your drums without them being present.

On the other hand, if you cannot picture your drum kit, then you could consider getting the world’s first air drumming kit – better than carrying your drum kit on a plane everywhere you go.


  1. The Ground Drumming Method; For Perfect Legs And Feet Movement

As you have air drumming, so there is a technique like ground drumming. And just the way air-drumming concentrates on your arms; the latter helps develop proper thigh, shin, and feet movement.

This is particularly effective as you will acquire significant rebound and bass pedal, although the ground won’t offer this rebound. Still, the point it is you are actually acquiring that skill unknowingly. You could think of the ground like a pillow to help make your practice easier.

Use this method to practice both heels up and heels down movement. On your drum set, you will notice how fast you’ve become.


  1. The Hum And Clap Method; For Perfect Timing

Unlike the other methods; listed above, the hum a clap technique majorly focuses on helping you keep time. Also, take a chill pill on beatboxing or singing because the hum and clap method is less technical and won’t be a distraction as you apply the other techniques.

Clapping can help you perfect your rudiments; if you don’t know how to start, you could watch videos on YouTube to get the hang of it. In the end, your timing will be uniquely uniform.


How to practice drums without a drum set

  1. Virtual Drumming

Nowadays, this has become a popular way to practice. Some of these virtual drumming tools include Freedrum, Aerodrum, and many more!

Freedrum is a popular device that recognizes your movement when attached to your drum sticks; you can use them with your android or iOS devices to hear the sounds created from your drumming.

Aerodrums is a similar option only that it demands access to your cameras and requires other equipment. If none of these is an option, you can try the android or apple app store.

There are good drumming apps and practice tools; some other exciting drumming apps are; DRUM COACH 1 and Rudiment Pro.


  1. The Bucket Method

This is a bonus tip. If you have a five-gallon bucket lying around, just turn it upside down and create sounds (keep in mind this is a small drum)

Honestly, if you know how to make good vibes from drumming, setting up empty containers or following the methods listed on this post shouldn’t be so hard. The reason why you should practice your drumming while you are not with your drum kit is to maintain and increase your skill, movement, and drumming intensity.

check out this article on 40 essential rudiments you can incorporate into your drum practice here.