Learn everything you need to know for choosing the perfect drum set for your needs.
Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, a lot goes into finding the perfect drum set. While some people may just look for cheap drum sets, more research should be done to make a quality decision on a set that can last significantly longer. At the same time, you should know the various drums in a set, and which ones you need for your specific playing style.
Read on to learn our helpful tips on choosing a drum set correctly, and make your shopping experience stress-free.
How to Choose Your Drum Sets
- Dave Black, Sandy Feldstein
- Alfred Music
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If you’re looking into buying a drum set, chances are you’ve gotten pretty serious about drumming. Still, investing in a set may seem daunting. Luckily, the process can be easy if you follow some quick tips.
1. Do Your Research
The first thing you should do when shopping for a new drum set is researching roughly what you’re looking for. Do you want an acoustic kit, or an electric? How much space do you have for the set? What type of music do you plan on playing? All of these questions will not only narrow your search, but also they will help you set a realistic budget that still accommodates the type of music you’re trying to play.
2. Set a Budget
A budget is a great way to narrow down your search, while also helping to keep some money in your pocket for other things like lessons and drumsticks. Once you have a good handle on the type of drum sets you’re looking for, compare prices and see what the average rate is. While everyone usually looks for cheap drum sets, what you actually need, may not fall in that category.
3. Choose Your Brand
There are plenty of brands that produce quality drum sets, which is why choosing a brand may be difficult. While you don’t have to go crazy with brand choice, buying something reputable can be a great way to find something of quality. Additionally, purchasing from a good brand will make upgrading your kit with additionally drums and percussion that much easier. Larger companies offer plenty of upgrades and additions for their kits, which helps you scale your set with your skill level as improve.
4. Try it Out
This is probably the most enjoyable part of the journey, but once you’ve narrowed down your search to a few kits, go to your local shop and try them out. Most local stores will have sets already built out and ready for play testing. This is also your chance to meet with the store experts who will answer any questions you may have and help to point you in the right direction. If for any reason you cannot play a drum set, be sure to search online videos and reviews to get a good handle on the sound and style of the set.
5. Make the Purchase
After you’ve done all your research and tested your drum sets of choice, it’s time to bring your new kit home. Some stores may offer assembly help, which can be a great option for first time drummers. While setting up a drum set may seem simple, a professional can help to optimize your comfort and ensure everything is where it’s supposed to be.
Most importantly, when buying a new drum set, you should be dedicated. Without regular practice, you won’t see improvements, which can be discouraging for any drummer.
What Are the Types of Drums?
If you’re just learning about the drums, you may think they’re all the same. However, each drum is different, and they allow drummers to produce varying sounds depending on the style of music. Traditional drum sets will have the following types of drums:
- Rack toms
- Snare drum
- Floor tom
- Bass drum
- Varying cymbals
These are the basic types of drums, but each drum set is different based on your playing style. For jazz drummers for example, you may have additional rack toms and possibly one additional bass drum. The additional drums will often come in larger or smaller sizes to offer drummers a chance to create unique sounds and combinations.
Acoustic vs. Electric
More often than not, when choosing between drum sets you will be faced with choosing between an acoustic set and an electric set. While each offers quality drumming, the major difference is the sound. Acoustic drum sets are your traditional, louder drums, which may require some soundproofing in your home.
Electric drum sets offer the same quality as acoustic, but offer the versatility of being able to be played with headphones to limit the exterior sound. Also, electric drum sets are sometimes more compact, which make them a great choice for drummers with potential storage issues.