Let’s say you just woke up one morning and decided that you want to pick up the drums. Where do you start? Do you need to buy a drum kit right away? How do you choose the right drum kit? Should you even try to master the instrument if you’re not 6 years old?
Do not despair: virtual drumming is here to be your éclair, simple and sweet. This site was created just for you and it will cover most of the challenges and issues you will face after you’ve thrown down the cushion for the percussion. If you have any questions that aren’t covered in the material, please let me know. I want to make this as comprehensive resource as I possibly can.
I’ve spent a ton of time researching drumming and drums, and on top of that I actually picked up drumming myself completely online. Through my personal experience, I know where you’re coming from and I can explain to you the situation.
App or Pad
Have you ever heard the phrase: “Isn’t there an app for that?” In this day and age there is one for pretty much anything. When it comes to drumming, you would naturally assume that tapping the screen of your phone won’t be of much help. Well, yes and no.
Most people assume that the first thing you need are drum sticks.
Vic Firth and other brands of drumsticks come in various shapes and forms and you usually spend about 6-40$ for a single pair. Of course you’ll need to hit something with those. A drum practice pad will set you back 15-60$. If I take mid-range prices for both items we arrive at about 60$ total.
Or you can download a drum app on your tablet or smartphone for 1.99$, 0.99$ or even for free. What would you do with such an app? Drum apps typically give you an interface that looks like a real drum kit. As you tap different sections (tom, crash, snare drum etc.) of the kit on the screen, it sounds as if you’ve hit those drums on an actual kit. It can look like this:
There’s no shortage of drumming apps in the App Store or in Google’s Play Store. Ratatap, Drums! and Real Drum are just three examples of popular drumming apps, all of which allow you to record what you play on its virtual drum set. With most of these apps you can usually choose from multiple drum kits, tune your selected kit or create playlists from the songs stored on your device so you can drum along with your music. All of this can be performed for a mere spec of the price of what you’d have to pay should you attempt something similar in real life. You can check some iOS apps here or Google for the Android ones.
Of course, if you want to become a great drummer no virtual drums will suffice and a practice pad will need to become your best friend for developing your dynamics and overall stick control. But there is more to drumming than developing lightening fast chops. A handy app can help you develop your sense of rhythm and timing amongst other skills and perhaps give you a better idea of what do you want your drums to sound like when you decide on finally getting your first kit.
If you’re just starting out and window shopping for a possible, start with an app.
- Large selection of drum kits
Practice Pad +
- Great for developing stick control
- Gives the more realistic feel of actual drums
- Develops rebound control
- Less noise
- Soft surface will not stress your wrists and hands through hours of practice