For the beginner drummer, it is not going to be easy to choose your first drum set. Here I will try to make it as easy as possible, to make the right decision, on what fits you best as a beginner.
What To Consider When Buying
Here I will suggest you ask yourself some questions, before you run out and just buy any drum set. There are a vast amount of options out there for you to choose from, so take your time and find what fits you, or your child, best.
1. Is this drum set for a child or adult?
2. The size of the drum set.
3. What kind of space do you have?
4. Quality of the drum heads
5. What is your Budget?
All these questions will be answered one by one to ensure you are making the right decisions for what you need.
Is the drum set for a child or adult?
The first thing you should consider is who this drum set is for. If it is for a child? There are many kits out there for the child just beginning to play. If your child has never shown interest in the drums, but one day says, “I would like to play the drums”, you as the parent are not sure if they are serious or not. So what do you do? Well for starters, you want to know what brought this, wanting to play drums all of a sudden, from your child.
Once you come to the conclusion that they are serious about wanting to learn, then you can consider the other factors above. Maybe they just want to bang around on them or just try them out first. Then look at providing them with inexpensive drums kits. You can upgrade later if they continue to practice and show more interest.
If you are an adult, and serious about wanting to learn to play the drums, then you are going to want to consider the same things, but with quality in mind.
Size Of The Drum set
If your beginner drummer is younger than eleven or twelve years old, they may have trouble reaching and playing everything on an adult sized drum kit.
Manufacturers make junior sized drum sets where drum diameters have been scaled down to allow younger kids to reach all drums and kick pedals. Make sure to try out any kit before you buy to make sure reach and size isn’t an issue. Avoid drums from toy stores, unless your child is five or under. These drum kits for kids this young are made of plastic and are just a little more than toys.
As an adult you need to fit well in terms of height with easy access to the drums, pedals, and cymbals. A beginner drum set for an adult is mostly one that fits an average height person of five feet tall and above.
What Kind Of Space Do You Have
If you or your child are determined to learn how to play the drums, what kind of space will you have to place them in? Is it the corner of your childs bedroom, do you have a whole room to hold a full set of drums? Questions like these will help you decide if you want you or your child to start of with a three-piece or a full five piece set. The setup is also important. How you set up your drum set will make a different in terms of playability.
Do you live in an apartment or have close neighbors? If you answered yes to either of these, then you may want to consider an electric drum set to start off. An electric drum set is a collection of sample pads set up in the same way as an acoustic drum set. The pads themselves are designed to produce little acoustic sound, other than the sound from the wooden drum sticks hitting the rubber. The electric drum kit has to be plugged into an amplifier, speaker or a pair of headphones to be heard. This makes them ideal for practice when volume has to be considered.
Quality Of The Drum Heads
You will also want to look at the quality of the drum heads before picking a particular drum set as a beginner. If the drums are for a child, The drum heads that come stock with all of these kits, are not going to be great, but there are some out there that are going to be of good quality.
For a beginner adult, you want to look at the quality of the drum heads. This is because the quality of your drum heads will determine how good the sound will come out.
Like most things, the quality of the drum set will determine the cost. You first have to determine your budget. If this is for a child, the best drums to buy would be a junior drum kit. These sets will fall between $200.00 and $500.00. In general though, you will get what you pay for. Take a look at kits that are more suitable for your child.
As an adult, you will be looking at much larger drums than a junior kit therefore will be looking at a higher price than the junior kit. You know as an adult if you are going to take this seriously, so you may want to look at a good quality of adult beginner drums that will sound great and make you happy. Remember, you can spend as much as you want, but you don’t have to spend a lot to get a great beginner set.
Now that you know some things to consider before buying a drum set, for you or a child, make sure you have fun with looking and trying out different drum sets. They come in different size and combination and colors that can help activate the inner musician that is just dying to come out. Remember once you learn, and want to expand, your options are endless!
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.