Buying the Instrument for Drum Lessons
Whether you are a beginner just starting with the basics or an advanced learner who wants to take exams for grading, or even a professional who is already performing in public, owning your own set of drums is a great boost for your confidence and is a sign of your commitment. Drummers who are taking drum lessons regularly benefit a great deal from having their own set of drums. But before purchasing drums, there are a number of things to be considered since it is an investment in your musical future.
Consider your budget
Like it or not, money is an important factor when we follow our hobbies or our passions. Drum sets can be expensive and you have to be realistic about what kind of instrument you need or want, what is available in the market and how to reconcile the price range of the available instruments to what you can reasonably afford. The more high end the drums, the more expensive they get. But this does not mean that you cannot get a good set of drums in your price range. It is definitely good to be aware of the general market price on instruments before planning a purchase.
Research on what is available
When it comes to drums, there are such a large variety of instruments with several variations that it can become very difficult to make a decision. The choice can be overwhelming, especially if you are unprepared in your research and are suddenly confronted by far too many options. You can buy complete drum sets in one single step or you can buy them piecemeal. If you purchase them as a set, then you get the wood and quality evenly matched, but this is not a necessity.
Don’t underestimate the brand
Each brand has its own specialty and while there are many brands which sell high quality instruments, choosing a brand is more than just that. There are many other things to consider. For example, does the brand you are considering sell the exact type of instrument you are seeking? Does the brand offer all the parts that you would require? What guarantee are they offering and for how long? What kind of servicing options do they offer? Weigh up these criteria with the price of the drums and make a sensible choice. You can consult online forums and discuss with other music aficionados or you can even consult your drum teacher for information and advice.
Choose electronic or acoustic?
With any instrument, you would face the choice of whether to go with electronic or acoustic instruments these days. Acoustic drums are louder and hence it can be a bit of a problem practising with them at home. It can also take up more room, but you will never be able to replicate the sound and the feel of it with an electronic set, which obviously, has its own benefits, being smaller, easier to use and don’t have to be tuned regularly. The general consensus is that having both would be great, since they offer very different advantages. But if you cannot afford both, then an electronic drum would be better for a beginner, but if you are already at an advanced level, it is advisable to go for an acoustic set.
With so many options for playing in gigs in Singapore, drum tutorials can be enhanced with the experience if you own your own set of drums.