Choosing the right drum kit:
It is worth mentioning that if your child has chosen to learn drums with Musicworks that they have the opportunity to practise on one of our acoustic drum kits, which will have been allocated to their school. Due to the large size and loud volume of an acoustic drum kit it is not always practical for the child to have his/her kit at home, therefore this arrangement has been implemented. If you do wish to obtain a drum kit for your child to practise on at home you may want to consider the following:
A ‘five piece’ acoustic drum kit is usually required but you may also consider an electric kit, which will allow you to use headphones (to keep the neighbours happy). Todays modern electric drum kits sound great and come complete with a ‘drum brain’, which allows you to set the drums to various different types of kits, rock, dance jazz etc, and have built in songs for you to play along with. Both the electric and acoustic kits should consist of a bass drum, a snare drum, a hi-tom, mid-tom, low-tom and hi-hat, crash and ride cymbals.
Various ‘practice’ pads are also available and are a great tool for helping your child practice their stick control and technique. Single pads can cost from as little as £20 with full practice kits available for around £100 to £150. These pads don’t sound like drums as such, but are designed to have a similar feel and response to that of a real drum.
Makes and models of drum kit to consider are
Pearl Export (around £500)
Premier APK Stage (around £400)
Mapex Tornado (around £250)
Yamaha Gigmaker (around £550)
Roland V Drums Lite (around £580)
Yamaha DTX400k (around £390)
Alesis DM6 (around £330)
Check out this video of Roland’s VDrums Lite, which shows the kind of fun that can be had learning on an electric kit