New Drummer Tools And Equipment Tips

Posted on: 24 August 2017


If you are interested in drumming, then you may be overwhelmed by the appearance of a full drum kit and learning how to play on this large kit. Well, you will need to work up to the kit and learn some basics first. The basics can be learned with a few simple tools, so keep reading to learn what they are so you can get started with drumming. 

Practice Pad

A practice pad is essentially a drum head that does resonate in the same way that a traditional drum will. This allows you to work on your drumming technique without becoming distracted by sound, volume, resonation, and tone. While drums are quite loud, the pads are quiet and produce very little noise so you can work on the way the drum sticks hid the pad. While noise is reduced substantially, you should understand that the practice pads feel similar to a fully functional drum head.

There are a few different types of practice pads you can buy. When you first start, you want a simple pad which is basically a disc covered in a coating of rubber. If you want the correct feel of the drum head, then opt for a pad that has a turnable head that replicates the way that a real head bounces. Understanding the bounce and its feel are essential to technique, timing, and pressure on the head. Single practice pads are between eight and ten inches wide and similar to the size of a common tom head. 

Once you start learning skills, then it is time to start experiencing the spacing of the drums and the movements needed to hit the different heads in the kit. Start with a single pad with multiple heads and then move on to a more complex pad kit with stands and properly spaced pads. Many practice kits will have an included bass pedal and attached head. It is a good idea to purchase one of these kits. However, you will likely learn the basics of bass drumming after you fine tune your technique. Also, kits with included cymbal heads are an option.

Drum Sticks

You will of course need drum sticks when you start learning how to drum. There are a wide variety of drum sticks though. The first thing you need to look at is the circumference of the stick. This is marked by a number. Higher numbers indicate smaller circumferences while larger ones are used for larger widths. Also, look for sticks marked with a "B". This indicates that the sticks are meant for band use and are a medium length for beginner use.

When you pick out your drum sticks, you will need to choose the wood as well. Maple is a common wood used to make lighter sticks, and these are a good option for beginners. While this is true, hickory sticks are popular too, because the wood is better at absorbing stress and shock than other types of woods. This is ideal if you want to reduce soreness and fatigue across the hands and wrists as you are just starting out.

The tip of the drum stick is important too. While some sticks will have nylon tips, these sticks are used most often by experienced drummers who want a more direct and brilliant sound. Wood tips that create a warmer tone are ideal for beginners.

Even though certain types of drum sticks are optimal for beginners, you may decide that a single circumference, length, and wood feels more comfortable to you. This is why it is wise to test sticks to see which ones feel right in your hands.

If you want to know more about the types of equipment and tools that you will need to start drumming, speak with a private drumming teacher.