The Best Quiet Practice Drum Set

Drummers don’t have it easy. Practicing and keeping the volume low is a unique challenge every drummer will face at one point or another. Although many options are available for keeping the volume level low, I am still on the quest for the perfect “quiet drum set“.

Initially, I tried using drum mutes and cymbal mutes on a standard drum set. They felt unnatural and had no rebound.  I felt that it made me work harder and I would end up playing very tensely. Drum mutes and cymbal mutes have improved in recent years. If you want to make your acoustic drums quiet, these are be your best choice. I highly recommend Vic Firth Drum & Cymbal Mutes (affiliate link).

Just a side note: One of my drum teachers (who shall remain nameless) actually put briefs (underwear) over the cymbals to mute them. As entertaining as it was, it kinda worked.

A few years ago, I discovered mesh drumheads, which are extremely quiet drum heads. They were similar to the heads used on electronic drums. I liked them because you could actually hear the tones of the different drums. Although they were great for keeping the volume low, I easily broke though the heads on a regular basis.

I currently practice at home on a Gibraltar GPo8 Powerrack Pad Outfit (affiliate link). It takes up a small amount of space. I had to purchase a separate bass drum pedal and drum throne. I also added a hi-hat cymbal stand, hi-hat cymbals, and a hi-hat mute to use with the Gibraltar GPo8 Powerrack Pad Outfit (affiliate link). This has given me quiet practice setup that emulates an actual acoustic drum set.

Practicing on the Gibraltar GPo8 Powerrack Pad Outfit (affiliate link) combined with using my acoustic drums has actually helped me to make some significant improvements in my drumming. The drum pad set forces me to focus on precision and to really visualize the sounds that I want to come out of the instrument. When I practice on my acoustic drum set, I get to refine the sounds and feels that I have worked on at home.

Another choice is an electronic drum set. Electronic drum sets allow you practice quietly, but get real drum sounds. In fact, electronic drums made by Roland and Yamaha sound like acoustic drums. I am partial to Roland, because they feel more like acoustic drums in comparison to Yamaha.

Keep in mind that most electronic drum sets don’t come with a drum throne or bass drum pedal. The best part of having a drum set like this is that you can plug in your headphones and play all night long without disturbing any of your neighbors. There’s even a place to plug an iPod in so you can jam with your favorite music.

If you want the best electronic drum set available,invest in the
Roland TD20SX V-Pro Electronic Drum Set
(affiliate link).

The Best Age to Start Drum Lessons

Best Age to Start Drum Lessons

From time to time, I get calls and emails from people around the country asking about the best age to start drum lessons. There is no right answer to this, but here are some general guidelines that might help you make the right decision for you and your child:

  1. For most children, the best age to start drum lessons is 8 years old. By this age, they are used to the routine of school and doing homework (hopefully). They are also developing a better sense of mind-body awareness by this age.
  2. For children younger than 8 years old, I highly recommend group music classes, such as Kindermusik, where they can interact with other kids. Even if you put your child in an excellent music class, they still might be eager to take private drum lessons.
  3. There are some children, younger than 8 years old, that can handle the focus of private lessons. If you think your child is capable, I would suggest finding a drum teacher in your area and trying it out. Click here to find a drum teacher near you (affiliate link).
  4. To test the waters before investing in private drum lessons, try a professional drum course that shows you
    how to play drums. The The Drumming System (affiliate link) and Learn & Master Drums (affiliate link) are two incredible video drum courses.
  5. Another option is to buy a small, cheap drum set, and let your child just bang away. This can include having them play along to their favorite songs. Although they won’t be learning any formal skills, they will be exploring their own creativity and learn how to be proactive. Many great drummers have started this way.

Ultimately, the choice is yours.

A word of caution: If your child starts taking private drum lessons and is truly unable to stay focused and keep up with practicing, it might turn them off from music completely. Therefore it’s important to be very sensitive to how they respond to lessons, if you decide to go that route.