Accessories for Drummers: My Top 5 Picks For All Percussionists

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.

Drummer

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

Metronome

metronome

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.

Isolation Headphones

Drummers can benefit from a good pair of headphones for several reasons. These include:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

Isolation Headphones

  • 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

product Features

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.

Drumsticks

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.

Practice Pad

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.

Practice Pad

  • Product: Remo 10″ Practice Pad
  • Price: $24.99 USD
  • Available From: Amazon.com
  • Rating: 4.5/5 stars rating based on 58 customer reviews

Product Features

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.

Stick Bag

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

Stick Bag

  • 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

Product Features

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.

Stick Bag 2

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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10 thoughts on “Accessories for Drummers: My Top 5 Picks For All Percussionists

  1. These are all great ideas as gifts for drummers. I love my stick bag as I can just grab it and know all my different sticks, brushes, drum keys etc are with me. It’s also a good place to put my keys/phone while I am jamming so I know I won’t forget them when I leave!

    A practice pad is also a great way to hone your technique without annoying everyone around you :)

    1. Thanks Colin! Its great to get some input from a drummer. I know all my drummer friends bring their stick bag to every rehearsal and gig. I remember being told that the practice pad was a must. Now that my little one has a 3 Piece Junior Drum Set I can see why. :) Glad you approve!

  2. Hey I really like concept of your website and it looks really nice too. Everything is easy to navigate and you can jump from article to article with ease.

    I always wanted to learn the drums. They just seem like a really cool instrument and they give off such a good noise. Unfortunately i never really got the chance to learn when i was younger. But now that im older i can easily learn and now after reading this i know what ill need to get myself better.

    Thanks for the info!

    1. Thank you for having a look around. Glad my website was easy to navigate!

      Theres no time like the present to start learning a musical instrument. Its a great pass time and the benefit to our mental health is huge. :) Please return and let me know if you give it a go. In the meantime the following articles may help you with making your decision.

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  3. Thanks for the info, that’s my cousins Christmas present taken care of. One question, what do you think of the metronome apps you can get these days? Any good or are you better off buying something more specific?

    1. Hello and thanks for the comment and fantastic question!

      I was actually waiting for someone to ask about the metronome apps as you can clearly see I have refrained from mentioning them. I actually do not have a problem with the apps. I have one myself that I do use from time to time. My problem lies with the device they are on. I strongly feel that our phones do not belong in our music practices whether alone or with an ensemble. I know from from my own experience that the notifications and the phone itself can be a big distraction. I feel that we should be completely focused on the task at hand when practicing which means leaving the smart phone and other devices connected to the online world out of the picture.

      For this reason I do recommend getting a real metronome and supporting the many companies that contribute to making these products. Thanks for stopping by. :)

      1. Hi Melody

        Thank you so much for these suggestions. I have decided to get my brother the headphones and the practice pad. Should make for a quieter home environment!

        David

  4. When buying sticks for a drummer, isn’t important to know what kind they use? I know there are different weight, thickness, tip, etc… and don’t all drummers have a preference? Or is there some universal stick that I could buy as a gift?

    1. Those are great questions. Each drummer is different. You could certainly find out what they use before hand, but most beginners will be happy with a standard stick. I would definitely use caution if you are dealing with a picky drummer, or sneakily check out their current sticks. :)I didn’t recommend a specific stick because there are so many to choose from.

      Thanks for the question Christian.

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