Want to learn how to play the drums? A practice pad can get you started for dirt cheap! There's no need to rush out and buy an expensive drum kit before you even know if you enjoy playing the drums. Here's everything you need to know to get started.
Practice pads are soft, bouncy pads that you use to practice drumming patterns or rudiments. Advantages of practice pad's is that they are extremely light weight, portable and best of all, quiet. You'll be able to practice your drumming late at night without disturbing anyone. Can't do that with a drum set!
Most practice pads are made out of a high density rubber, similar to some computer mouse pads. These are usually mounted on a plastic or wooden base which you can put on a table, your lap or a stand. Some are also double sided. The other side provides a different feel and less rebound, making it more of a challenge to play on.
You can even purchase a practice pad that is made from a real, tunable drum head. These are much larger and are more expensive than other models.
Pads are available in various sizes. It's recommended to buy the largest one that you can afford. This will let you move around a bit and give you slightly different sounds depending on if you play near the center of the pad or close to the edges. A larger practice pad will also make the shift to a real drumset easier in the future.
You can purchase practice pads online or at most drum stores and music shops. Most stores have pads out for you to demo and you should be able to try out several different makes to find the one that you like the best.
Drum pads are normally used for practicing drum rudiments. Rudiments are a particular set of drumming patterns used in music. They are great for learning stick control and rhythm. There's no need to go out and purchase any books. The paterns can be found online at many websites. There are also free videos available that show you how to play each particular pattern.
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