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The Essentials in
Compieled by : C.S. Cloete
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Table Of Content
1. Tips on how to Choose Your First Drum Kit
2. How To Properly Set Up Your Own Drum Set
3.Warm Up Exercises to Play the Drums
4. Practice Playing The Drums Quietly, Without Disturbing Your
1. Tips on how to Choose Your First Drum Kit
If you are planning to learn to play the drums, you’ll need to
choose your very first drum kit. This can be a very daunting
prospect as chances are you’ll be imagining having a fully
featured kit with completely different kinds of drums and cymbals
just like a professional drummer would have. You need to keep in
mind that your first drum kit shouldn't be like this.For rookies,
your drum kit should be a lot more modest.
So, what are the basic kits that you should have?
Usually, the basic drum kit will consist of a standard 4 piece set
up. This kit will have a large 22 inch bass drum, a 14 inch snare
drum, 2 tom-toms, a crash cymbal, and a hi-hat. These are the
pieces that you simply have to have in order for you to start
playing drums. With these kits, you will be able to start learning
how to play the drums.
Although most bands today may have a more elaborate setup for
their drum kit in comparison with the basic setup, you will find
that you really won't need such an elaborate and expensive drum
setup when you are learning how to play the drums. As you begin
improving your drumming skills, this is the time where you will
start shopping for more drum kit pieces.
Your best option when choosing your first drum kit is to keep it
simple. It’s important to keep in mind that even if you buy the
most expensive and most elaborate drum kit, you can't expect to
play the drums straight away like how the professionals do. It
takes years of experience and many professional drummers
learned how to play the drums the hard way and most of them also
started out learning how to play the drums using the basic drum
You will also ask about the brand of the drumming equipment you
should purchase. You may be thinking about Pearl, Ludwig,
Pacific, or Mapex to name a few. However, as a beginner
drummer, you should keep it cheap and simple. It is highly
advisable that you purchase a kit where each of the drum kit
components is made by the same manufacturer.
It’s possible you’ll encounter incompatibility problems when you
have a drum kit where each piece is made by a different
manufacturer or company. If you can, you should buy a cheap and
simple set that’s made by an unknown manufacturer. This is a nice
drum kit for you to practice on.
Once you improve your skills and you think that you are really
ready, you may simply upgrade to a better drum setup and buy
additional components in your drum kit.
These are the issues that you need to bear in mind when you are
choosing your first drum kit. Always remember to keep it as
simple as possible. Never buy an elaborate setup as your first
drum kit. Go for the standardsetup and you will be able to start
practicing and improving your drumming skills. Later on, you can
upgrade to a better drum setup and you can also add extra
components in your kit.
2. How To Properly Set Up Your Own Drum
Having your own drum kit will make it easier for you to set up
your own drum set. However, even without a drum kit, you will
still be able to set up your drum sets by using your stool or throne
as guide. When using your throne as a guide in setting up your
drums, place your throne in the middle of an empty room. Sit on
the throne with your drumsticks to get the feel of the height and
depth which you may need in setting up your drums. Close your
eyes and imagine yourself in from of your drums.
While closing your eyes and imagining yourself in front of your
drum set, feel the balance of your throne. Both your feet should be
planted firmly on the floor when you do this. Keep your feet on a
comfortable position and then open your eyes. Check your feet
and make sure that the width between your feet is more or less the
same width as your shoulders. Putting your feet on a wide angle
will give you a more stable and strong base. The location of your
feet in very important because this will determine where you will
put your pedals for your bass drum and hi hat. To make sure that
your feet are comfortable where they are, try shifting your feet and
experiment on different position. Do not worry, there is no hard
and fast rules as to where you should put your feet when playing
your drums so just go with the natural flow of your body.
Air drumming will help you gauge the possible height and reach
of the drums. Play a mental tune and start drumming into the air as
if you are playing your instruments in an actual concert. Pay close
attention to where your hands go when you are air drumming so
that you will know which way your body flow naturally. Always
remember that our bodies have its own natural reflexes. By going
with the natural flow of your body movements, you will be able to
move more fluidly.
Setting Your Drum Set
Once you are comfortable with your position, mark the spot with
chalk or any other non-permanent markers. Bring in your drums
one by one and set them up one by one. Start by adding your bass
drum first and then followed by your hi hat. Test your position
again before you add your other instruments like the snare drum
and cymbals. Every time you add another piece of instrument into
your drum set, test your body movements and make sure that your
movements are not restricted in anyway. If you feel that your
movements are hampered in anyway, make adjustments. Always
see to it that you are comfortable with what you are doing so that
you can play your drums more beautifully.
3.Warm Up Exercises to Play the Drums
If you are a drummer, you need to keep in mind that before you
start playing, you should first do warm up exercises. Generally,
warm up exercises for playing the drums will involve drum
rudiments or chops. However, should you really want your body to
be prepared when playing the drums, you also need to prepare
It’s important to remember that drumming can be very strenuous
on the body. By warming up first, you will be able to play for
hours while keeping your body relaxed. Should you not warm up
your ody before you start playing the drums, you’ll not last long in
playing the drums because the body will tense up and show signs
So, here are a few of the warm up exercises that you should do
before you start playing the drums. By doing these warm up
exercises, you’ll eventually be able to do long hours of drumming.
The first thing that you need to do is do breathing warm ups. This
is a vital part of drum playing as it will keep your body relaxed.
Take slow, deep breaths and make sure that you fill the lungs with
air. Then, it’s important to slowly exhale through your mouth.
Repeat this exercise 5 times and it will not really matter if you are
standing up or sitting down when doing breathing exercises.
You also need to do head warm ups. This will loosen up your
neck muscles. To begin, you have to be in a standing, place and tilt
your head downwards. Make sure that your chin touches your
chest. Then, tilt your head upwards as far as possible. Do this 10
times. Then, you should turn your head side to side and repeat this
10 times as well.
Warming up your torso is also essential in drum playing. To do
this, place your hands in front of you and interlock your fingers
with both hands keeping them close to your chest. With your
elbows pointing outward, raise your arms until they are parallel to
the ground. In this position gently twist the torso from left to right.
Repeat this 10 times.
You also have to warm up your fingers. To warm up your fingers,
place them on a flat surface and spread your fingers apart. Start
stretching as if you are reaching for something. Each time you are
stretching, count up to 5 seconds and then relax. Repeat the
process 5 times.
Also, you might want to warm up your legs. While standing with
your feet together, raise your right leg up as high as possible. Try
to get your knees to touch your chest and bring it back down. Do
the same with the opposite leg. Repeat this exercise 10 times with
After warming up, you can start the drum playing warm up, which
is basically doing the rudiments. Once you are comfortable and
relaxed, you can start playing the drums. You will see that
warming up before playing the drums will help you to play the
drums for longer and also allow you to play the drums in a really
4. Practice Playing The Drums Quietly,
Without Disturbing Your Neighbour
If you want to learn how to play drums, then it’s important to keep
in mind that there are things that you need to consider. For starters,
you need to understand that playing} the drums can produce loads
of noise. What if you live in a house where your neighbour's house
is close to your home? What if you live in an apartment?
Unless you want to get fined and get a ticket for disturbing the
peace from the local police, or get evicted from your apartment,
you will eventually decide to stop playing the drums, especially
during the night, which is basically the only time that most people
have for themselves and for their hobbies.
The truth is, some people who have real talent in playing the
drums get discouraged because of this reason. This is why you
must know about how one can play the drums silently or at least
play it without disturbing the neighbours or the people living with
you inside your home or apartment.
So, just how are you going to practice playing the drums in your
home or apartment without producing too much noise? And, how
can you do it without sacrificing the natural feel when playing the
One answer would be using drum pad silencers. Made out of a
rubber-like material, drum pad silencers are placed on top of the
drums and cymbals to absorb the sound of the drums and cymbals
when you hit it with the drum stick.
You can still hit the drums hard like you would when you play the
drums without the drum pad silencers but it will still be a lot
quieter. In fact, the person inside the next room adjacent to the
room where you are playing the drums in will not even hear you
play the drums. This means that this particular solution is perfect
even for people who are living in apartments where the living
space are rather cramped.
You need to remember that the drums and cymbals equipped with
the drum pad silencers will still produce some noise. But, the
noise levels will be drastically reduced.
This is simply one of many ways on how you can practice playing
the drums without upsetting your neighbour.
Another way to play the drums silently is by purchasing a video
game called Guitar Hero World Tour. If you have PlayStation 3,
you can purchase this video game along with the drum set that is
used for this video game.
The virtual drums resemble the real thing very closely. And, it will
really teach you how to play the drums. Through this game, you
will be able to practice your dexterity and coordination. In fact,
the drum set is so accurate that you will be able to practice playing
the songs in the game in the real drum set without much difficulty.
These are some of the ways on how you can play the drums
quietly. By means of these methods, you will be able to avoid
upsetting your neighbour with the racket you will make when
practicing playing the drums and also prevent upsetting other
members of your family who just wants to have a good nights