What Do I Need to Prepare for Drum Lessons?

Q1: What Do I need to bring into the lessons?

You are expected to have a folder to keep all the lesson materials and practice

guidance together. Please bring this in every lesson so that both students and I

are on track together. Please also bring a pair of sticks once purchasing them.

You are always welcome to bring in songs you like listening to or songs you want

to learn how to play them on a drum set.

Q2: What purchases do I need to make?

Please purchase a pair of drum sticks (any brands are fine, but the most common

ones are Vic Firth or Promark Hickory), preferably with wood tip (not a plastic

tip) – size of 7A for young students (age up to 8) and for students older than 8

years old, you have an option of either size 7A or 5A (which is heavier, hence, it

means there is more weight to the sound) or both (having both means you will

get to feel the difference and have an option to choose one over other for

certain songs/techniques).

You are NOT expected to have a proper drum set at an early stage of learning. It

is a loud instrument and takes up a lot of space. Furthermore, no matter what

your set-up situations at your place are, lesson materials will be the same. What

makes a great drummer is not to do with set up but one’s sheer commitment

on practices. I have personally experienced having all 3 possible options –

practice pad only, having an electronic drum set, then an acoustic drum set – at

different stages of learning. Therefore, I will confidently suggest slightly different

guidance and suggestion on ‘how to practice’ which are most relevant to

individual students’ set-up at home.