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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.

Here are some of the options you can consider, depends on your own conditions

and preferences:

1) Acoustic (Real) Drum Set:

Say you have a space for a drum set in the house (in somewhat sound-

proved room), understanding neighbourhood (you can make instrument

noises around your area), budget of no more than $2,000 and you are

aiming for long-term commitment to play drums. Then you can purchase

acoustic drum set.

For children (age up to 5), toy-like drum set would be best to practice and

play on. Price is around $150 ~ $200. Example can be this: [Click Me!]

For older children (age between 5 ~ 8 ish), junior drum set which includes

proper function of foot pedals would be best to practice and play. Price is

around $300 ~ $600. Example can be this: [Click Me]

For young adults ~ adults, a full-size drum set which includes a more

decent cymbals would be best to practice, play and move it around for

performances. Price can be varied but I would recommend setting the

maximum budget as $2,000. There is a Facebook Group Page called

‘SYDNEY DRUMMERS Buy, Sell, Trade’ you can sign into, if you want to

purchase a second-hand drum set. Otherwise, here is an example of a new

drum set: [Click Me]

2) Electronic Drum Set:

Say you have a small space for a drum set in the house but cannot make

instrument noises around your area, budget of no more than $1,500 and

you are aiming for at least 2+ years commitment to play drums. Then you

can purchase an electronic drum set.

The size of electronic drum sets is not as varied as acoustic drum set. This

is because electronic drum set in general are much easier for all-aged

drummers to practice and play on. The sound can come through either

speaker or headphones, so you also get an option of external or internal

sound production. Here is an example:

3) Practice Pads:

Say you are not in a condition to set up neither acoustic nor electronic

drum set. This is completely fine, but you are still encouraged to purchase

a drum practice pad. Practice pads these days are well-made that they

generate almost equal bouncing feeling to the drum skin of acoustic

drums. Price is below $100. Please purchase at least 12” Practice Pad. Legs

(that some practice pads come al ong with) are not essential. Here is an example:


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