Every musician must have a workspace: A place where you can hide out, work out, and spread out! For drummers, this is a bit difficult. A drum room is a big investment of space, both physically and sonically. For other players or singers, it’s much easier because you normally use less square footage and volume control is easier. Without being fancy or staging the shot, here is a picture of mine.

It’s just my basement, really… my whole basement. Carpeted and padded strategically, but not too much. I can adjust baffling as I need too. Sometimes it’s even more full of drum and percussion gear… depending on the session, lesson, or personal practice ideas I’m working on. Even the storage rooms are full of drum gear; more of my percussion collection, and of course, spare parts and drum heads.

You can’t see behind the shot, but I can actually cram in a whole rhythm section if needed. Keys to one side, bass, and a guitar player a little farther back… all going directly into the system. I’ve actually put a guitar amp in one of the cellars and miked it up. It was isolated pretty well. But usually it’s just me in this “drum workspace” working on tracks; or teaching via Skype; doing a webinar; or just working out on the drums.

I’m pointing this out because I often hear players say, “I can’t practice at home.” That’s a bummer, and really… it’s wrong! You have to have a “drum space” either in your home, or at another place you can go to in order to workout! I know for most pro players this is already the focus of their life and work, so they make something happen. But, for many weekend warriors, church drummers, etc. having your own space is a challenge. But you must find a way.

So, what are your options?

Your basement or garage. If you don’t have an extra room in your home you will have to use the basement, garage, barn, or shed. Yea, I know it’s not pretty. It may not even feel comfortable, but go with it. Be creative and make your drum space work for you. Even if you don’t have the money to fix it up, at least get a cheap rug and some foam padding from a hardware store. You can easily pad the rafters/ floor joists with heavy insulation. If you’re a DIY (do it yourself) kind of person, you could really build it out and turn it into a cool studio. It’s your choice. BUT… start with something. There are tons of online references for these kinds of projects. Do it!

A small storage unit. Yes, there are drummers and whole bands that do this. They literally go to one of those “climate controlled” storage places and rent a space. It’s probably more common in larger cities, but it’s worth checking out if playing at home or an apartment is totally out of the question. Be sure to ask the owners if it’s okay to do this. Don’t just sneak in and disturb the whole neighborhood without doing some honest investigation. Some of these storage/ personal use space rental facilities are set up with power, insulation, and heating & cooling units.

The church auditorium. It is possible the church you attend would have a rehearsal room, choir room, backstage area, or even a large closet that you could use for practice or band rehearsals. You might even get your leadership to let you use the actual platform with all the equipment you use for services to practice with, as long as it doesn’t interfere with other activities. But remember the goal here is to have a space for your personal drum workouts. Band practice is in addition to this.

The goal with all of these options is to have a “drum-space” where you can do what’s necessary to grow in your craft. It will help in your personal growth as a musician, which will carry over into every playing situation. Find a way! Blessings on your workout!

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Professional drummer for 30+ years, playing with Paul Baloche, Don Moen, Ron Kenoly, Abe Laboriel, LeAnn Rimes and others. He’s also a clinician, author & pastor. Contact Carl with questions or inquire about lessons.

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  1. It’s funny… before I read who authored this post, I noticed the Yamaha kit and the sub-kick in the photo, and thought to myself “hey, Carl Albrecht plays on a set like this…!” Which, by the way is a super sweet setup.
    Carl – I’ve always held your opinion very highly, as I’ve listened to and studied your music for more than a decade. I appreciate your advice, and especially your heart to see God’s children worship. Thanks for your input – I wholeheartedly agree!

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