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Learn to Drum

A guide by Dan "Dan Britt (Author of Drumopedia)" (NJ, USA)

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So you would like to become a drummer!? Many people have asked me over the years what they would need to get started. Below are the books and products I recommend.


Drumsticks

First, you want to get a pair of quality drumsticks. One of the most popular sizes is 5A. These are a very versatile, well-rounded pair of drumsticks that is not too heavy and not too light:

Vic Firth American Classic 5A Drum Sticks


Practice Pads


Next, you can get a quiet practice pad. On a pad, you have more time to practice since it is low volume, and it will encourage you to focus on learning how to read notation and rudiments, and develop your hand control and coordination. I suggest getting either the Vic Firth Pad or HQ Percussion Pad:


Vic Firth 12" Double sided Practice Pad


A Metronome


Next, a metronome is a device that not only helps you keep time and understand how various notes relate to the pulse, but it also serves as a great gauge for your hand technique and rudimental progress:

Sabine ZipBeat-6000 Digital Metronome


Drum Books

Now, let us discuss books. I would start with 2 types of beginner books: 1) a book to learn how to read notation and develop your rudiments and 2) a beginning drumset book that is comprehensive and simple to follow.

Snare Drum/Reading Book: Drum Class Method, Vol 1

This book not only presents the basic material in an incremental, easy-to-follow fashion, but covers many important topics.

Drum Class Method Book One

Beginning Drumset Book: Drumopedia

I've seen tons of drumming books over many years. I wrote Drumopedia with the beginner student and teacher in mind. I designed it so that it not only covers so many traditional and modern drumming topics, but does so in an encouraging, easy-to-use way. I also deliberately made the notation and text bigger so drummers can read it when it is place on a music stand.

Drumopedia: A Handbook for Beginning Drumset


Drumsets: Electronic and/or Acoustic

Now for the part you have been waiting for so you can let loose and bang some drums right away! First of all, if you live in an apartment, or you are going to set up your drums in a place where you have to keep the volume down, I would recommend getting an electronic kit. Most electronic drum kits also have the added value of having a built-in metronome, tons of songs to play with, and tons of sounds to choose from!

Roland HD-1 V-Drums Lite Electronic Drums

Albeit electronic drums have advantages and so many options, there is nothing quite like the natural feel and sound of an acoustic drumset. The Ludwig Accent drumset is affordable. If your drumset does not come with the basic cymbal setup (i.e., hi-hat, crash, ride), some stores and/or companies offer certain cymbal package deals.

Drum Set 5 Pc Complete Adult Set Cymbals Full Size Black New Drum Set

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Drumsticks
1.  Vic Firth American Classic 5A Drum Sticks  by Vic Firth
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Practice Pads
2.  Vic Firth 12" Double sided Practice Pad  by Vic Firth
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A Metronome
3.  Sabine ZipBeat-6000 Digital Metronome  by Sabine
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Drum Books
4.  Drum Class Method Book One  by Alyn J. Heim
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5.  Drumopedia: A Handbook for Beginning Drumset  by Dan Britt
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Drumsets: Electronic and/or Acoustic
6.  Roland HD-1 V-Drums Lite Electronic Drums  by Roland
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7.  Drum Set 5 Pc Complete Adult Set Cymbals Full Size Black New Drum Set  by Best Choice Products
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Dan "Dan Britt (Author of Drumopedia)" (NJ, USA)
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Last updated: 12/22/11
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