As a beginner drummer, not only do you give the lesson provider a problem but also the drum set you will be working with. The former is not really something which should bother you because availing drum lessons in Melbourne is not that difficult given that a lot of establishments offer this service within the area. As for the latter, buying the right drums could indeed be both a confusing and exciting moment for a newbie drummer.
Although drum teachers or tutors usually provide a drum set within their facilities wherein they teach newbies, many still prefer buying their own drum set so that they can practice at home. If you prefer to have a set of your own, it is highly suggested that you invest time and effort in researching about various drums which can satisfy the needs of a beginner while taking into consideration the price, features, and suggestions of your drum lesson provider. Drum teachers can help you in choosing the right drum set because they can basically give pointers on what a beginner should look for when buying your first drum set.
Before getting into detail as to which to choose, it would be best to be knowledgeable of the basic components of a drum set. It is composed of the bass drum, snare drum, and toms. For more sophisticated ones, it may include cymbals and hardware. Since there are a lot of possible configurations for a drum set, you should narrow it down to the configuration which fits a beginner. For newbies, the basic 4-piece drum set if recommended. It includes a snare drum, a bass drum, a floor tom and a mounted tom. These four components can provide for all the basic sounds needed. Aside from this, a 4-piece set only requires minimal space, portable, and highly affordable. All of these without compromising the sound produced for this basic set works well with either jazz or rock styles.
The tricky part in choosing the right drums for you is when you assemble seemingly different pieces into your own set. This includes the hardware like the stand and pedals making the drum set more complicated and more sophisticated. However, the hardware should not be confused with mere holders for toms. Choosing your drum hardware can be challenging but is made less complicated by the fact that it can come in “shell packs.” This pack is composed of a hi-hat stand, a bass drum pedal and stand for the snare drum. Some packs include two cymbal stands. Buyers should be wary on whether or not the drum set being bought includes a hardware pack already so there will be no need for additional expense for a shell pack. It might be hard to believe but most of the drum sets do not include the sticks. You generally separately buy it.
There is a wide range of drum sets you can choose from but you can narrow it down based on either the components or the needs you have to meet (the genre of songs you need to cover or play). However, you should not be discouraged. Shops or drum lesson teachers can be of great help in choosing the perfect drum kits which not only give off a good sound but also match your current capability as a drummer and of course your budget.
Darren Perkins is a drummer at and the owner of Red Drum Music Studio. A studio that teaches drum lessons to the people of Melbourne, Australia. He shares his knowledge and expertise through teaching and writing articles.