There is a distinction between the following terms:

See Jojo Mayer’s explanation.

General Practice

“An amateur rehearses until they can do something right. An expert rehearses until they cannot make a mistake.”


Before any practice perform warm-ups.

Areas to practice are listed on Practice Elements page.

Specific exercises are listed on Exercises page.

Time length

Drum practice should be exercised daily. The generally recommended time is at least 1-2 hours.

Two times per week are classes with an instructor. All other days, students do their homework and exercises.

Niels Myrner lists the following timeframes:

Dave Weigert, in Workshop for bass and drums, provides a sample timeframe along the practice areas. The time includes

The practice areas depend on your specific needs.


Example lesson plan:

Some plan examples below.

4-Stage Practice Method

Mike Johnston uses the 4-stage method:

  1. non-creative, 10 minutes. Technique.
  2. creative, . Practice creativity within some limits.
  3. main focus, 25 min. Whatever needs to be developed.
  4. musical application. Play along unknown music; Audition.

3 Simple Steps to Build the Perfect Drum Practice Routine

This method (see resources below) also recommends having separate parts of the practice routine: