Acoustic or electronic?

For students (and their parents):

Drum sets can be very expensive! Buying your first drum kit might be a big decision – acoustic or electronic set up? I often get this question thrown at me, the first option should always be an acoustic drum kit.

However, I also understand that acoustic drum kits may not be suitable for many households, especially with today’s high density living.  If one of your main considerations is the need to keep the volume down, I recommend to convert a acoustic drum set converted with mesh heads and low noise cymbals. This way you can still sit behind a “real” drum kit with standard sized bass, snare and tom’s without compromising on dynamics.

Cymbals are a little tricky! There are several options to reduce the noise of cymbals like old bed linen, cymbal mutes or plastic cymbals. In my opinion those measures don’t go far enough. Yes they are a lot quieter, but  the cymbals sound dead, without response and stick rebound anywhere near an acoustic cymbal. I recommend low noise cymbals, although they are a little more expensive ( they keep their re sell value unlike other options) and they allow you to practice with low noise ( 80% quieter) including all advantages of an acoustic cymbal set!

The best thing about that set up is that you bother your neighbors and you can still practice with the feel an dynamics closest to a acoustic set up. You can convert back at anytime, so in reality you have to drum set with the best of both worlds.

Get an idea how this solution sounds like here.

 

 

10 Habits of highly effective drummers

10 Drumming Habits

I came across an interesting blog about highly effective drummers. read more here! Welcome to my world of good drumming. A highly effective drummer:

1. Practices Fundamentals
2. Practices With a Metronome
3. Studies Current Music Styles
4.Shows up Fully Prepared
5. Is Easy-going
6. Is Teachable
7. Is Influential
8. Is Passionate
9. Is A Good Listener
10. Plays Simple

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Why Drumming is good for you!

Drumming makes you feel great. By finding your groove you feel more complete or whole and much more relaxed. You also start to feel the connection to others. You feel life in the natural and organic way that you’re supposed to. By feeling good you start to attract more of that into your life, through people and experiences. And because you are feeling good you live with less resistance. And with less resistance life starts to flow a little easier.

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Sticks?

When starting out playing drums, try experimenting with different types & sizes of sticks.

Generally if you have big hands you will need bigger sticks, smaller hands = smaller sticks, although a lot will depend on the type of music you play. If you are mostly playing loud heavy rock music you are going to want heavier sticks and of course the opposite is true if you are playing light jazz music.

5A Drum Stick

A good all round stick to use is a 5A.

Most drumsticks come with a choice of wood or nylon tips. The nylon tipped sticks will give more of a ‘pingy’ brighter sound than a wood tipped stick.

In recent times, hard plastic drumsticks have become available, however the vast majority of drummers still use wood sticks.

As well as drumsticks you can also find brushes, hot rods (which are a ‘happy’ medium between brushes / sticks) & a variety of soft ended beaters.

My personal preference is Vic Firth SD2 Bolero.