Do you really need a drumset?
If the issue of buying a drumset leaded you to this article, then it is fair to assume that you are just starting out with drumming.
The acquisition of a drumset is never a small investment, so you should really ask yourself whether you actually need a drumset. Starting out, you are probably attending a drumming school where you can play on a drumset at least two-three hours weekly.
Apart from that, you need to practice basic exercises, like rudiments, independence of limbs, and so on: for that, a practice pad will do perfectly. Starting at a price of about $20, practice pads are a fair investment for anyone, and are also almost enough for any novice drummer.
However, if you are ready to make the investment of buying a drum kit, then another question arises: should you buy an acoustic or an electric drumset? Both have their pros and cons, it is really just a matter of taste and a matter of career goals.
Choosing a good drumset should not necessarily be a difficult thing to do once you know what factors to consider in determining your purchase. Almost anyone can go for the best drumset that will serve their purposes once they are guided into what to look for and the basic considerations to look out for in choosing one.
You do not have to be a drummer or even be in the choir or the music band before knowing all about drumsets, and this is what this article is set to achieve – guide you into the factors to consider so as to be able to choose and obtain the best drumset to serve you.
Many drummers are obsessed with the powerful feeling of sitting behind a drumset, almost hiding behind them, and delivering powerful blasts right from there. There is nothing wrong with that: together with the bass player the drummer often has the role to lead the band he is playing in.
When we are talking leadership a powerful feeling always comes in handy. Also, acoustic drums have a more natural feeling, the relationship between the musician and his instrument is immediate, there are no cables and speakers involved.
In spite of all the natural advantages of an acoustic kit, an electric drumset can sometimes be more versatile. If you are going to play a large variety of genres, a switch between two sets of sounds is just the press of a button. And the central unit of a usual electric kit often provides you with thousands of combinations.
If you opt for acoustic drums, you will soon notice that a large variety of drumsets is available. The differences are usually in size, material and accessories. Since accessories are customizable later on in most cases, material is only a matter of style and taste, the only and most important factor that remains is the size of the different members of the drumset.
If you are about to play soft jazz drums then you should definitely not go for a 26” bass drum – that is usually used for heavy metal and similar, “heavier” genres.
In most shops, drumsets are grouped by the genre they are customized for: you can see labels like “fusion”, “rock”, “jazz”, “world”, and so on. Again, since we are assuming that you are reading this article because you are just starting out with your musical career, the best advice would be to go for the “standard drum kit” label.
These kits usually consist of members of medium sizes, 20” or 22” bass drum, 12”-14”-16” toms, and the usual 14” snare. Playing this drumset you will not be “specialized” for any given genre of music, but you will be enabled to play almost any genre and still sound good – after all, it is you who makes the music, not your instrument.
If you would like to make use of the advantages provided by both types of drum, the best option would probably be to buy an electro-acoustic kit. This combination has been around for years on the guitar market, and it is something quite new on the drums market, but some manufacturers are providing really good solutions – the only drawback being the price tag.
a. Carry out diligent research to obtain information: You need relevant information to be guided into obtaining what you desire to serve your needs. You may go online to check the kinds of drumsets you want and get quotations on them.
In fact, going online has its advantages because you will be able to obtain basic information on the costs of the drumsets you want, their sizes and shapes, the materials with which they are made, and the types or brands that you are looking out for.
You obtain all these online without having to leave the comfort of your home. Meanwhile, there is no harm asking friends and neighbors for information on the ones they have been using and how it has been serving them.
b. Consider your musical style and preferences: You would be able to easily know the type and brand of drumset to go for once you are certain of your musical needs. Choosing a good drumset should really not be that difficult once you can establish the kinds of musical genre and culture you want to project through the use of the particular drumset.
Is it for church and gospel use? Is it for a rock or pop and jazz music band? Is it for school practice and so on? Once the purpose of the drumset is set, getting one to meet your needs will pose little problems.
c. Consider the costs: Many people often believe that the higher the cost of a drumset the better purposes it will serve. This might really be true but not in all cases. Many drumsets are on the average costs, yet they produce better results and last longer than popular brands. You must also consider your budget and know where you fit in.
d. Test out the brand durability: The durability of any drumset is a crucial factor to consider in buying one, and the materials with which they are made and designed determine their durability and longevity under constant use. Sometimes, the durability of the drumset comes from the type of wood used to make it; but ask questions on their materials and you will not buy something amiss.
e. Buy a size compatible with your size: In choosing a good drumset, you must go for a drumset size that is small, medium or big depending on who is to play it and the levels of his expertise.
You may consider to buy a small size if the player is a young youth and just a beginner, he will learn well with the small size and develop his skills on it until he grows enough to move on to the big size that requires more expertise and skills in drums playing.
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