a reply to: Bluesma
, may Peace be upon you!
I am a seasoned drummer. The quality of the wood, heads, cymbals, and even sticks is important and makes a big difference! But that's if we're talking
about live-shows or recording. Getting a high quality kit can be very expensive,... I would suggest starting on a cheap used set and gradually do
single piece upgrades as you go. Personally, I'm a fan of Pearl drums, Remo heads, and Zildjan cymbals. Tama and Ludwig also make good quality drums,
and Sabian cymbals are great as well. Also, within the name brands are various product styles. The particular sound, feel, and music type you lean
towards will determine which style of which pieces to get.
Electronic drums, in my opinion, are only good if you want to play as quietly as possible, or to have an easier time doing plug-in recording sessions.
Electronic drums just can not compare to the sound and feel of a real kit. I'd suggest investing in a real kit over electronic any day!
In drumming, the absolute basics are known as rudiments
. I would highly suggest you learn and practice either the "26 American"
"40 International Percussive Arts Society"
rudiments. You can save money here by checking out YouTube videos instead of buying training
Also, it helps to play along to songs that you enjoy. Try to pick some of your favorite songs with the least complicated beats.
I would suggest exercise. Drumming is labor intensive! You'll need some level of cardio, as well as leg and feet strengthening.
And finally, avoid hand blisters! You're going to need to learn a proper form. Don't hold the sticks too tightly, you want the stick to pivot on your
fingers and "bounce around" in your palms. Don't hit the drums and cymbals too hard, and don't hit them "flat",... meaning, your hit is not the final
motion and you don't want to land or plant your sticks,... you want the tips of your sticks to immediately and naturally pop up and bounce off of the
percussion surface. You can also find grip and form instructional videos on YouTube.
But if you have the time and money, lining yourself up with a good tutor/trainer will help also.
I very much enjoy drumming and I wish you the best on your new endeavors!