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INDEX

What are the best Drum Sets for a beginner?
Do I need a drumset to learn how to play?
What type of drumset should I buy?
Where can I find drum tabs?
Where can I find drum lessons on the web?
How do I tune a drumset?

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What are the best Drum Sets for a beginner?

There are a few factors to consider when selecting a drum kit for a beginner: Student Age, Budget and Application. If the new Drummer is very young and may not stick with it very long there are two directions you can go. One is to go with the minimal investment approach. This way if the kid doesn’t stick with it you are only out what you originally spent on the kit.(this is the worst case) You may be able to get a little money back if you can pass this drum set along to a neighbor or friend. The other possibility is to get a kit that can go beyond the formative years of training. This way there won’t be a need to upgrade for a while. If the new drummer decides to give it up you can still get a substantial amount of your investment back because you bought a better more expensive drum kit. Now if the budget just is not there to do the initial higher level drum set then depending on the budget you will have fewer and fewer choices of what you can demand for your money. As far as application goes...An entry level inexpensive kit will not stand up to the riggers of a gigging drummer. If the intension is to put the kit in the corner of a room and practice the rudimentary skills of drumming it will be fine.

Information provided courtsey of Clay Reed at Rainbow Guitars

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Do I need a drumset to learn how to play?

No, most drummers start with a pair of sticks and a practice pad. I didn't even have a practice pad and instead used a phone book. Ultimately it would be best to have both a drum set and practice pads. In fact most professional drummers use practice pads all the time to keep up with their chops while on the road, or for warming up prior to shows. You can even practice on your knees and/or by clapping. I had one student who took lessons from me for several years and he became a really good drummer simply by practicing on a couch and some pillows. Practice is the key to success and most of us are not that dedicated so having an actual drum set to practice on is more motivating.

Most young students beginning in middle school band are required to rent a snare drum/bell kit. This includes a pair of sticks, snare drum and stand, practice pad and a bell kit with mallets. In fact middle school music programs generally start percussionists on the bells, before they even touch a drum. I find some students get discouraged by this practice, as they signed up to play drums, not bells. However, learning to play bells is a good thing and the snare drum/bell kit is a good option for young student who you aren't certain if they are going to stick with it. Here is an opportunity to motivate kids to practice. If they practice on their pad and snare drum and get good grades in band and improve on their instrument they can earn a drum set.

There are variety of practice pads available for different purposes and most are relatively cheap ranging from $25-$45. I would ask your drum teacher for advise on which one he or she would recommend.

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What type of drumset should I buy?

Following are a bunch of links with explanations for drums on the web. I listed the drum companys in order of my personal preferances, starting with my first choice;

DW Drums are what I will eventually own. They are professional kits and are very pricey (more than $2000). They have a great web site and alot of info. Not exactly an entry level drum set, but worth checking out and bookmarking for future reference. I use DW cymbal stands, hi-hat stand and bass drum pedal. Usually when you buy a drum set cymbals, stands and pedals are not included. Which is really preferable, as you can can get the gear you like. Every body has personal preferences. Since I know I'm eventually going to get DW drums, I went ahead and got all the DW hardware. Therefore when I do upgrade I already have the hardware.

http://www.dwdrums.com

Pacific Drums are made by DW drums and include similar hardware and features. They are professional kits at affordable prices. I own a Blue Onyx CX Series Pacific kit and really love it. This kit has everything you want in a kit.


22" bass drum
5-piece kit (snare, bass and 3 toms)
All maple shells
Pro Tom mounts

Although, I would have prefered larger toms. Standards kits come with 18x22" bass drum, 8x10", 9x12", 12x14" toms. I prefer 9x12", 12x13" and 14x16" toms. However, the 8x10", 9x12", 12x14" toms sound really good and I was able to tune them down so they sound close to 9x12", 12x13" and 14x16" toms. The main thing to look for is ALL MAPLE SHELLS. The LXE, LX and MX series are all maple, however they are lacquered finishs, which are GREAT if you don't plan on moving your kit much. They are more prone to scratchs, dents and effects of weather. For this reason I prefer Covered Finish kits like the CX series, they stand up to wear and tear better. Avoid the FXR, FS and EZ series drums. They are birch kits and more entry level. You will see these advertised at rock bottom prices. I would not suggest them. For a little more money you can get LXE, LX, MX or CX kits.

http://www.pacificdrums.com

TAMA drums offer entry level to professional kits. My last kit was a Tama Rock Star which I really liked. The Rock Star series no longer exists. I bought it used and eventually the vinvyl finish started worping, so I traded it in. It did maintain its value. I bought it in 1995 for $600 and traded it in for $450 in 2004. I like Tama hardware. I would recommend the The Starclassic Performer (which come in birch or maple) or Starclassic Maple lines. Standard configurations are 18"x22" Bass drum, 8"x10", 9"x12", 16"x16" toms. Swingstar would be an entry level kit worth considering for the price. I would avoid stagestar.

http://www.tama.com


Pearl drums are nice. I have played on several sets and they sound great. They offer the best entry level kits the Forum or the Sound Check. I would recommend one with a 22" bass drum. They also have great medium to professional kits. The Session or Export series are medium level kits and would be comparable to the the Pacific CX series.

http://www.pearldrum.com

Ludwig is the classic drum company. They have been around for as long as I remember. The Classic Maple kits are nice entry to medium level drums. I would avoid the Classic Birch Series. The Accent series is a medium level kit and would be comparable to the the Pacific CX series.

http://www.ludwig-drums.com

Slingerland is the other classic drum company, however, I haven't seen any of their kits recently. I would not discount them. Yamaha is also worth considering. There are many other drum companies which I did not mention for various reasons. Either I'm not familiar with them, they are not that common, too pricey, or not worth mentioning.

http://www.gibson.com/Products/Slingerland


Following are some cymbal company web sites;

Zildjian is the premier cymbal company, originally from Istanbul, Turkey. They have been in business for over 400 years and for along time were THE only cymbal to buy. They make highend (K and A Custom) cymbals and great entry level cymbals (ZXT) . Cast cymbals are preferable to Sheet bronze. Cymbal packs are a great way to get matched cymbals and save money.

http://www.zildjian.com/EN-US/home.ad2


Sabian is Zildjian's younger brother owe stole the family recipe and moved to Canada and started his own company. Very comparable to Zildjian in quality but cheaper in price. I own only Sabian cymbals, however, I would like to get a Zildjian Ride, and I'm considering some Meinl cymbals.

http://www.sabian.com


MEINL is a German percussion company. I'm not too familiar with them, however, the Rab Pack as sparked my interest. I would not suggest the Rab Pack to begin with, it is a speciality set for specific needs.

http://www.meinlpercussion.com

http://www.meinlcymbals.com

Other Drum and Music Resources;

I always like to compare prices using GUITAR CENTER, SAM ASH, WASHINGTON MUSIC and MUSICIANS FRIEND;

http://www.musiciansfriend.com

http://www.guitarcenter.com

http://www.samash.com/home

http://www.washingtonmusic.com

Also, check out the following drum magazines and info sites on the web;

http://www.drummagazine.com


http://www.moderndrummer.com

http://www.pas.org

Web Thumper


http://www.drumsontheweb.com/DOTWpages/Linkspages/links-mags.html

http://drumbum.com



Don't forget to check out Craigslist and EBay as well. Hope this helps.

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Where can I find drum tabs?

Following are some Drum Tab sites;

http://www.mxtabs.net

http://www.thetabworld.com

This site is in French but has alot of good tabs http://membres.lycos.fr/drumsandco

http://rdeneau.free.fr/en/index.php3


http://www.tabhall.co.uk/drumtabs.php


http://drumbum.com/drumtabs

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Where can I find drum lessons on the web?

I would suggest starting on YouTube, there are alot of free drum lessons and trailers available for free. Subscribe to the YouTube channels you find so you get updates and fresh content delivered to your SUBSRIPTIONS page.

I have some suggested links at my LINKS/DRUM LESSON WEBSITES page as well.

 

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How do I tune a drumset?

~coming soon~