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  • Writer's pictureMini Fairhurst

What to buy for beginner drummers

Are you, or do you now somebody, who is ready to embark on a rhythmic journey and become the next great drummer?

Well, before you start banging away, you'll need to have some equipment to get started. But don't worry, I've got you covered with some great recommendations for what to buy if you're just starting out.

First things first, you'll need a drum set. But let's be real, drum sets can be expensive and overwhelming for beginners.

Instead, consider investing in a practice pad.

This is a great way to develop your hand technique and get comfortable with the basics of drumming before investing in a full set.

Practice pads come in a variety of sizes and styles, but I recommend starting with a basic 12-inch pad. These are affordable, portable, and perfect for practicing rudiments and developing your skills.

Here is a practice pad I recommend

Here is the best practice pad I've ever owned (reflexx)

Reflexx drum pad (my favourite drum pad)
Reflexx drum pad (my favourite drum pad)

Once you've mastered the practice pad, it's time to move on to a drum set.

There are many great options out there, but one drum set that I actually own and think is great is the Natal DNA Stealth Kit.

Natal DNA Stealth Kit
Natal DNA Stealth Kit

This set is affordable, small in foot print, durable, and comes with everything you need to get started, including drums, low volume cymbals, and hardware.

If you want, you can even turn it into an Electric kit by purchasing the Yamaha EAD10.

The DNA stealth kit is actually the setup I currently have in my bedroom where I can practice without annoying anybody.

I actually made a video about the Natal DNA Stealth kit, you can check it out here

However, if you're on a tight budget, you may want to consider buying a used drum set.

This can be a great way to save money, but make sure you do your research before making a purchase. Look for sets that are in good condition, and try to test them out before buying to ensure they sound and feel right.

In addition to a drum set, you'll also need some drumsticks.

Again, there are many options out there, but we recommend starting with a pair of 5A drumsticks. These are a great all-around stick that is comfortable to hold and versatile enough to be used for a variety of styles and genres.

I tend to switch between Vic Firth 5A and Vic Firth Extreme 5A (because I have tiny arms). You can also consider getting a pair of brushes, which are great for playing quieter music and creating unique textures.

Vic Firth Extreme 5A Drumsticks
Vic Firth Extreme 5A Drumsticks

Finally, you'll need a throne or drum stool to sit on while you play.

Again, there are many options out there, but we recommend investing in a comfortable and adjustable throne. This will help you maintain good posture and prevent fatigue and injury while playing.

Natal Drum Throne
Natal Drum Throne

In summary, here are the essentials to buy when starting out learning drums:

  • Practice pad

  • Beginner drum set (or a used drum set)

  • Drumsticks (5A size)

  • Brushes (optional)

  • Throne or drum stool

Remember, learning drums takes time and practice, so don't get discouraged if you don't sound like your favorite drummer right away.

With the right equipment and dedication, you'll be well on your way to becoming a great drummer in no time!

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