If you are getting a drum-kit so that you can learn to play the drums you’ll need some advice on how to choose the right drums. Depending on your level of skill, your budget, intended playing space and the type of music you want to play you’ll need different sets of equipment. This article will guide you in how to choose the right drums and drum equipment.
One of the most important things to think about when buying a kit is your budget. There are several reasons for why you should get the highest quality equipment you can afford. The first is that a better drum kit will sound better and not inhibit your learning, it will last longer and should you choose to sell some or all of the equipment you’ll find that it will have held it’s value better and you’ll be able to sell it on easily.
Once you’ve determined your budget and the type of music you want to play you’ll want to get at least a kick drums, toms, a snare drum and hi-hats or cymbals. Depending on the style of music you want to play you can get more equipment but this is the basic set-up.
Drum kits sound different depending on their shape and size. If you want to project a louder and deeper sound in order to play live gigs then you will need to choose a bigger drum kit. This means you opt for the larger size kick drum, snares, cymbals and drum-heads. If you only want to practice in your room then you should choose the smaller sized equipment. If you want to play along with softer live music like jazz and blues you should get medium sized equipment. You also need to take into account how you will transport your equipment when traveling since it takes up a lot of space.
Decide on what kind of sound you want, do you want metal drums or the sound of particular wooden drums? Think about which drummers you like the sound of and go to a music store and ask the store employees how to get that sound. They’ll know what kind of equipment is used for different genre’s so that you’ll be able to sound like your favorite metal, jazz or rock drummer.
As you play drums for longer you’ll start to notice what you like and dislike about particular pieces of equipment which will help you choose the right drums in the future but there is some general advice you can use to make the right choice from the beginning. When considering different woods for your drums be aware that heavier woods like mahogany sound lower with more prominent bass tones while lighter woods like birch have more prominent high tones. Maple provides an overall more balanced tone.
Finally the most important thing to consider is how you can complement and support the other instruments with which you are playing and the rooms you are playing in. This will help you choose the right drums for the situation.