Sheboygan Drums Recommends
Having the right equipment and materials is essential for becoming a drummer. Part of learning to play drums is knowing where to begin. There is a vast assortment of drum learning materials and drum equipment. Learning what to use is a daunting task. Having a drum teacher solves the problem of not knowing where to start.
Drum Learning Materials
Alfred’s Snare Method
Snare drum is a common starting point for those wishing to learn drums. In this well-designed snare drum method, students will develop a solid foundation of drumming technique, music theory and notation, and drum performance. The book progresses at a good pace, beginning with the basics and ending with high-school level material. Highly recommended.
Mel Bay’s Drum Set Tunes
This is a great drum set learning book. It contains 23 solos designed to get intermediate drum set players comfortable playing the entire drum set in a variety of styles. It progresses nicely from easy to more advanced, though the later solos are of equal difficulty. This book should be used after drummers can read drum music, play drum set beats, and play drum fills.
Realistic Rock Drum Set
Develop limb independence and coordination with the exercises in this great book. Designed for rock and pop drummers to master advanced beats and develop freedom in their drum set playing. I consider this book essential for drummers wishing to pursue rock, metal, progressive, and other technical metal. Highly recommended.
Drum Practice Pad
Practice Pad for Snare Drum
There are a variety of practice pads that work well for drummers to practice exercises and technique. These rubber pads fit on top of a snare drum, but can be used without a drum which is useful when drummers are traveling. Ask your drum teacher for other suggestions.
I recommend 2B drumsticks for snare drum practice. Students playing in orchestra, concert band, or other general snare drum solo or ensemble performance should also consider the well-known Vic Firth SD1 General.
For suggested drum set drumsticks see What You Need to Learn Drums
Vic Firth T1 General Timpani Mallets
Another great choice for general timpani playing. As with most Vic Firth timpani mallets, replaceable felt and quality sticks make these a good-quality and long-lasting investment.
Korg MA-1 Metronome
One of the best affordable metronomes. Nice functions with visual and audible cues, and headphone output. Highly recommended for drummers.