Getting Your First Drum Kit? Here Are Some Important Factors To Consider First

Playing the drums is not only a skill or a mere fun activity, but it also has countless benefits that may surprise you. Playing drums can help relieve you of your stress, worries, disappointments, and frustration. Several studies also show that there’s a positive correlation between playing drums and improved academic performance. Playing the drums can boost confidence, brainpower, and communication skills. Besides, if you are a drummer, you are practically in charge of your band’s or music’s heartbeats. It comes as no surprise that you would want to get your hands on your own drum kit. Here are some important factors to consider if you are buying your first drum kit.

Shopping For a Drum Kit

Shopping for drum kits revolves around several factors. The process takes different directions depending on the level of expertise, purpose, and of course, what you’re searching for. A few things to keep in mind are your age, willingness to learn, where and when you will be practicing, and the budget; all these factors eventually determine what you should be looking for. One of the greatest advantages when it comes to drum kits is that they can be customized and arranged in different ways to suit the drummer’s needs, preferences, and style. Though, in most cases, a beginner drummer’s drum kit would look totally different than that of an experienced drummer. A beginner drums kit typically only includes the components that allow learners to build basic skills without distracting hardware or accessories.

Traditional Vs. Electronic

Like most other instruments, drum kits come in various types. There are traditional or acoustic drum kits and electronic ones. For most people, traditional drum sets have a better feel. They are also not as complicated to set up as electronic kits. The drums for the acoustic kit are metal and wood, and the cymbals are metal. For the electronic drum sets, there are rubber pads that send sounds to the headphones or amplifier when hit. This is why the drums have less or no volume. This is a great advantage if you don’t live alone or live somewhere where the sound level is an issue.

Choosing Wood

There are restrictions for the type of wood that drums and guitars manufacturers are allowed to use. Some types of wood are even only reserved for high-end models. The most common type of wood that you will come in contact with while drum shopping is maple. Mahogany, birch, and Bubinga are also among the most frequently used types of wood. The type of wood, among other factors like the number of piles or wood layers in the drum shell, and the depth and diameter of the drum all together influence the sound. Since these are several aspects to consider, don’t limit yourself to only one type of wood when you’re shopping for the whole kit. Instead, buy the items based on the quality of sound they produce. Birchwood generally makes a loud drum, produces a balanced sound, and is good for recording purposes. Bubinga is an exotic type of wood that generates punchy notes and mid-range sound. Go for mahogany if you want a darker, warmer sound, however, it is the rarest, and therefore hardest to find. Maple is highly versatile and produces a range of warm and bright tones, which is why it is the most common type.


The three types of cymbals are ride, crash, and hi-hats. Experienced drummers at explain the pros and cons of each type of cymbals. The ride cymbals are usually large, thick, and generate a tone that is bell-like, while the crash cymbals are mainly used to accent songs. The hi-hats are played with the sticks and are a thin pair of smaller cymbals that are operated by a foot pedal that causes them to hit each other. The foot pedal doesn’t need to be bought separately as it comes with the hi-hat stand.

Drumsticks and Brushes

Drumsticks are the most important aspect of playing the drum, without them, you probably won’t be able to achieve much. They heavily impact the sound produced by the drummer. Drumsticks are made of several types of wood and are found in different sizes. The type of drumstick tip, which can either be plastic or wood and the size of the stick both generate different tones. Brushes are basically a type of stick that produces softer and quieter sounds. They have plastic brushes or fan-like metal at the end.

If you are getting your first drum kit, you can get easily carried away by the excitement and buy the first drum kit that appeals to you. This may leave you with a drum kit that doesn’t suit your needs. There are many factors to consider when you are buying a drum kit. If you read through our article, you will have insight regarding what to search for.

Published by Larry Fire

I write an eclectic pop culture blog called THE FIRE WIRE that features articles about books, comics, music, movies, television, gadgets, posters, toys & more!

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