Do you have a drummer in your life? Perhaps you are stuck when it comes to buying accessories for drummers. If you have found yourself wanting to treat the percussionist in your life with a special gift then todays post is for you.
Buying items for a drummer can be a bit of a task if you don’t know what they need. It is sometimes difficult to buy for a percussionist because the instruments they play are either extremely expensive or are provided by the ensemble they perform with. I have never heard of someone buying a set of timpani drums as a gift. I guess this could be possible if you have tons of money to splurge with.
While most of the equipment that percussionists (drummers are percussionists) require when playing in an ensemble is provided there are many accessories that are personal to the drummer. In todays post I would like introduce my top 5 picks for all percussionists. These items will be of benefit to all drummers regardless of there drum of choice.
My Top 5 Accessories for Drummers
Yes there is that word again. If you have read some of my earlier posts you will have noticed that the metronome is of great importance to all musicians. Drummers are no different. Their biggest role in the ensemble, regardless of the type of ensemble, is to provide a steady beat and rhythm. Many ensembles depend on the drummer of percussion section to help keep the tempo steady. The best way for a percussionist to practice keeping a steady beat is with the use of a metronome. Whether they are playing on a drum set or any other drum, practicing with a metronome is an absolute must. If the drummer in your life does not have a metronome, this is a great and inexpensive purchase.
To learn more about the metronome including a detailed description of what they are, why musicians need them and where to find great metronomes please visit my post entitled How to Buy a Metronome: Finding the Right Beat. I do recommend when buying a metronome for a percussionist that it be a electronic metronome with a headphone input.
Drummers can benefit from a good pair of headphones for several reasons. These include:
- Protection: When drummers are performing or practicing in small spaces the noise level of the drums can be quite piercing and could possibly damage the ears over time. A good pair of isolation headphones will protect the ears from such damage.
- Music: Another reason for using headphones is to hear the music while playing the drums. Many drummers like to play along with their favourite music while playing. Some drummers may even plug their headphones into a monitor when playing with an ensemble to hear the other performers while protecting their ears.
- Metronone: Drummers may also choose to practice with a metronome. If they are using a metronome with a headphone jack they can plug into to the metronome and clearly hear the steady beat, as opposed to trying to hear it over the drums they are playing.
Here is a great option from amazon.com
- Product: Vic Firth Stereo Isolation Headphones
- Price: $53.95 USD
- Available from: Amazon.com
- Rating: 4.5/5 Stars rating based on 254 customer reviews
These headphones are ideal for reducing outside noise up to 24dB. Customers who have purchased these headphones say they do not need to crank the volume of there media device. They also have a 6 foot cord and broad foam cushions for comfort. Since these headphones are manufactured by Vic Firth, who specializes in drum accessories, you can be sure they were made with the drummer in mind.
To learn more about these headphones, including what other customers have had to say simply click on the picture above.
A drummer can never have too many drumsticks in their collection. While many ensembles will provide most of the necessary equipment required for the percussion section, it is common for all percussionists to have their own drumsticks and mallets. Drumsticks are an easy and inexpensive purchase for all percussionists.
Vic Firth is one of the most popular and highly recommended brands of drumsticks. You can’t go wrong with purchasing a pair for your favourite drummer. Simply click on the picture below to see the wide variety of drumsticks available on Amazon.com manufactured by Vic Firth.
A practice pad is a must for all drummers. Many times a drummer will want to practice but the drums themselves are just too noisy. During these times a drummer will grab a practice pad and sticks for some quiet practice. Practice pads are also a must for those drummers who do not have drums at home. With a practice pad they can still practice when drums are not available.
Below is a practice pad that I used while studying percussion techniques in university. I was living with roommates at the time who didn’t find it to be too loud.
- Product: Remo 10″ Practice Pad
- Price: $24.99 USD
- Available From: Amazon.com
- Rating: 4.5/5 stars rating based on 58 customer reviews
This practice pad comes with a rubber bottom to protect surfaces when placed on tabletops. It can also be mounted to a stand for upright playing. Most customers commented on how great it is for beginner drummers but that it is also beneficial to more advance drummers who want to practice quietly.
To learn more about this practice pad or to read what other customers have to say simply click on the picture above.
Last but certainly not least is a stick bag. A stick bag keeps a drummers sticks and mallets neatly in one place. While a drummer just starting out may only have one set of drumsticks, over time they will begin to start a collection. As drummers progress their collection may expand to include a variety of drumsticks, brushes and mallets. A stick bag will ensure that all their sticks and mallets are securely kept in place. Drummers who are frequently on the move will like the idea of having their sticks in one little bag and always ready to go.
Check out the following stick bag available from Amazon.com
- Product: Meinl Percussion MSB-1 Professional Stick Bag, Black
- Price: $19.99 USD
- Available From: Amazon.com
- Rating: 4.5/5 Stars rating based on 78 customer reviews
This stick bag is made of heavy duty nylon. It has a shoulder strap, plenty of room, external pockets and compartments for accessories. Customers who purchased this stick bag commented on its durability and space.
To learn more about this stick bag or to read other customer reviews simply click on the picture above. Below is a picture of the stick bag when it is closed.
Buying Accessories for Drummers made Easy!
All the above accessories will be appreciated by all drummers/percussionists regardless of the type of music they perform. I do caution that you make sure that they do not already have these items before making your purchase, or at least make sure that the item can be returned. If you are planning to surprise the drummer in your life try finding out what it is that they need. They may already have a stick bag but it has gotten too small or tattered. You just never know.
If you have any questions or something to add to the list above please feel free to leave a comment below and I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.
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