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Choice of the first drum kit

By Thomas Ervin More Blogs by This Author

Choosing your first drum kit can be a daunting prospect. Maybe you have the vision to have a complete kit with drums of all sizes and all types arranged in front of you while you sit in the middle beating a beat. This may be the case, but for most people the first kit is usually much more modest.
The basic drum kit usually consists of a standard set of 4 pieces. This is dominated by a large 22-inch bass drum. In front there will be a 14-inch snare drum. Two tom-tom drums will accompany the set: a 16-inch tom and a 12-inch rack. In addition to the drums there is usually a crash plate and a hi-hat to complete the basic set.
Most bands today have more elaborate drums than the basic standard. However, this is due to the fact that the drummer is a professional who has learned to play the drums the hard way, through many years of grueling hard work.
When it comes to choosing your first Midi Kits, the best advice is to keep it simple. Do not assume that by purchasing the most elegant and showy kit, you will automatically become a great drummer. You could, but then you might not. It is best to purchase the level and quality of the drum kit which is as good as your playing.
There are several reasons for doing this. One, if you find that you don't have a particular aptitude for drums, then you won't have wasted too much money and two, you can grow the drums along with your level of competence. In other words, as you improve you can move on to better drum equipment.
There is the question of which brand of drum equipment you should buy. Should it be Mapex, Ludwig, Pacific or Pearl? Or should it be something more modest? Probably the best advice is to buy an inexpensive and simple kit. Also, try to get a kit where each component is made by the same manufacturer.
If each piece is made by a different company, there may be basic incompatibility issues. However, a fairly inexpensive and simple set made by an obscure manufacturer may be the best choice for a first drum kit. Use this set to practice, practice and practice. When you can afford it and, more importantly, when you think you're really ready, move on to a better battery configuration.
Another mistake that potential drummers make is trying to assemble as many pieces as possible. They are seen surrounded by several tom and a dizzying array of dishes and hi-hats, cowbells and octaneys. Don't Do It It's a simple fact that if that's where he asks to be hit, you'll hit him regardless of whether it's a good idea.
Less is more in the case of the first drum set. Learn the ropes first. Wet your feet with a minimal kit, practice hard and become skilled, then move on to bigger and bigger things. It's a musical journey, have fun!

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