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Drumming is a serious hobby to take on. Its very exciting, yes, but it is also expensive. It’s important to make a few decisions before investing in a beginner drum kit. If you just learned your first groove and you’re eager to buy your first kit, WAIT! Read this first.

Jake’s #2 practice tip: see below 


sketch of a drum kit

Before you make some quick orders on Amazon or a trip to Guitar Center, it’s important to understand some things about the right beginner drum kit for you. In this post, I’ll guide you through the process of selecting the perfect kit, considering factors like hardware, cost vs. quality, bass pedals, cymbals, ear protection, and floor protection. So, let’s get started.

  1. Hardware: Building a Solid Foundation

When it comes to choosing a beginner drum kit, paying attention to the hardware is important. Hardware refers to the stands, clamps, and mounts that hold your drums and cymbals in place. Look for a drum kit that includes sturdy and well maintained hardware, as it will provide long term functionality. I have been using the same hardware for over 20 years, because i was lucky and acquired sturdy stands off the bat. Some beginner drum kits are intentionally under-engineered to stay at certain price ranges, so you will definitely need to replace all of the hardware as you advance.

  1. Bass Pedal: Power and Precision

The bass pedal is the heart of any drum kit, as it controls the kick drum. It’s important to understand the price ranges of each type of pedal. From cheapest to most expensive, the styles generally go: Single-chain drive > Dual-chain drive > Belt/Strap drive > Direct drive. There are some seriously expensive pedals out there, for example This DW double bass pedal is over $1300! On the other hand, this pedal is around $70. You should try to figure whether or not you want a double bass pedal. These allow you to use both feet to play the bass drum. Very fun – good for Metal.

When choosing a bass pedal for your beginner kit, consider both your budget (they get expensive) and true commitment to the art. If you’re uncomfortable investing more than $100 then you’ll want to look at a single chain. However, for more serious drummers starting out, you may not want to have to purchase another pedal during your advancement, so look at double-chain or belt-drive pedals. It’s worth trying out different pedals to see which one feels most comfortable and suits your playing style. All in all, I recommend finding a used well priced dual-chain double bass pedal.

Drum kit top-down

Drum kit top-down

  1. Cymbals: Striking the Perfect Balance between Cost and Quality

Cymbals play a vital role in shaping the overall sound of your drum kit. As a beginner, you don’t need to invest in top-of-the-line cymbals right away. However, it’s essential to strike the right balance between cost and quality. Look for entry-level cymbal packs that offer durability and decent sound without breaking the bank. Keep in mind that as you progress, you can upgrade your cymbals to enhance your drumming experience.

  1. Ear Protection: Preserving Your Precious Hearing

Drumming, while exhilarating, can expose you to loud and potentially damaging volumes. Therefore, prioritizing ear protection is of utmost importance, especially for beginners. Invest in a good pair of earplugs or earmuffs specifically designed for musicians. These will reduce harmful noise levels while preserving the clarity of the music you’re playing. Protecting your hearing is an investment in your long-term enjoyment and well-being as a drummer.

  1. Floor Protection: Safeguarding Your Space

Drumming involves a lot of heavy equipment, some of which is actually built with spikes meant to dig into the carpet to avoid sliding, which can cause damage to your floors very quickly. To avoid scratches, dents, or marks, consider investing in a drum rug or mat. A drum rug provides stability by preventing your drum kit from sliding around while also acting as a protective layer for your floors. It’s a simple yet effective way to maintain your practice space and keep your floors in excellent condition.

Conclusion: Do your research and embrace the Beginner Drumming adventure!

Jakes #2 tip to better beginner decision making

Its simple… 

Scan craigslist or local market places daily to find that perfect drum kit including a bass pedal, all hardware and even some decent cymbals. It may not be tailored to your every desire but this method can save you lots of money and you never know when the jackpot may get posted. Stay vigilant!

Bonus tip… Always protect your ears!!!


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