Published on 23/09/2011
This is a great piece of kit for all the would be drummers out there. It's so compact you can take it anywhere and practise your drum-playing skills without deafening the neighbours. The practice pad is an inexpensive piece of equipment that will help you to learn the basic skills of stick technique which are transferable to an actual drum kit. It is a valuable learning aid even when you have moved on to more advanced skills.
All the great drummers have spent hours upon hours on their practice pad practising their rudiment lessons. You cannot pull off any cool roll combinations if you do not have the stick control needed to do the job. You can get a pracitce pad before you've got the money for an actual drumkit, and it's something drummers will always use long after they get their kit.
Be patient and be consistent in your practising. Understand that the lessons and sometimes tedious drills are a necessary step to reach your ultimate goal of becoming an accomplished well trained drummer.
4 Reasons to Use a Practice Pad
1. They are cheaper to buy than drums. The sound produced is not as loud as a drum, meaning your family won't go crazy.
2. Drum strokes can often sound clearer on a practice pad, so it is easer to hear your rhythm and how well you're playing than it can be with a real snare drum.
3. Practice pads are generally lighter, smaller and easier to transport than drums
4. One big benefit to using the practice pad is it is very unforgiving. You will be able to hear and see where you are weak, and where you need improvement. Having a lot quieter tone, it allows you to hear a lot more of your drumming, and you can hear the metronome louder.
The most common shape for a pad is round. They can be bought with or without a stand but most come with the required holes to fit stand attachments, which is useful if you decide to buy one later.
Some practice pads are designed for use as a substitute for a drum. Others, known as drum silencers, are thinner and flatter and designed to be placed on top of a drum to muffle the sound.
Being able to work on your rudiments whenever and wherever you want is perfect. Having the ability to track your progress and see your mistakes is what will allow you to improve as a drummer that much faster.