It can be easy sometimes to get frustrated with your instrument. We all want to be able to play what we want to play – when we want to play it. Unfortunately, this is sometimes not the case. Practice is essential. It takes time to learn things. Sometimes it takes a long time. Patience is required and not always available. I’ve spent plenty of time in the practice room cussing up a storm and throwing my sticks in the air. The key is to keep going.
Take a break, for both your mind and your body. If you find yourself getting frustrated, and you’re beginning to pound out notes, it’s time to move on. You can get a sip of water, close your eyes, stretch, just breathe.
Take a lesson. Find yourself an instructor and take a lesson or two. This will help you avoid developing poor habits. A good drum teacher should be able to clearly explain techniques and give you some pointers which will help you develop your skill and ability.
Set realistic and progressive goals for yourself. Set an obtainable goal and work towards that goal. Don’t move on until you’ve achieved it to your satisfaction. This will give you a sense of gratification and improve your attitude toward practicing.
Enjoy yourself and have fun. Never forget why you took up the instrument in the first place. If you’re not having fun you’ve lost your true motivation. Try taking a break from exercises and play along to songs you like. Make up your own exercises. You’re in charge of you.