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International Drum Month | Drumming Essentials

International Drum Month
International Drum Month

International Drum Month | Drumming Essentials

To celebrate international drum month, our team of expert drummers have compiled a list of the most essential drumming equipment.

International Drum Month
By | Published 03.05.21

May is International Drum Month and it is dedicated to the enjoyment of drums and percussion. Whether you are new to drums or a seasoned professional, this month is a great time to share your own unique stories and tips with other drummers. What better way of doing this than selecting the most useful equipment for every drumming scenario?

Drum Essentials for Practice

It doesn’t matter where you are on your drumming journey, whether you’re just picking up your first sticks or heading out on tour, everyone needs to practice. Here are our top picks for improving your drumming and playing at home.

Alesis Drum Essentials Bundle

Make practice and rehearsal as comfortable as possible! The Alesis Drum Essentials Bundle includes an adjustable drum stool and a pair of high-quality, over ear headphones. This bundle is the perfect addition for electronic drum kits, allowing you to play at lower volumes and eliminate fatigue from long drumming sessions.

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WHD Low Volume Cymbal Pack

The WHD Low Volume Cymbal Pack is the perfect solution for drummers that need near-silent practice conditions, whilst maintaining the same feeling and sound.

WHD Low Volume Cymbal Pack

This cymbal pack includes the WHD 16’’ Practice Crash Cymbal, WHD 18’’ Practice Crash Ride Cymbal, and the WHD 14’’ Practice Hi-hat Cymbals. These cymbals are around 80% quieter than regular cymbals due to their drilled hole design.

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Check out the full range | WHD Low Volume Cymbals

Remo Silentstroke Fusion Tom Pack

Remo Silentstroke Fusion Tom Pack

The Remo Silentstroke heads are an ideal companion with the WHD Low Volume Cymbal Pack. These heads are constructed with a single-ply mesh material, offering a responsive, authentic feel with around 70% less volume.

This pack includes a 10’’, 12’’, and 14’’ Silentstroke head - suitable for rack toms and floor toms.

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Check out the full range | Remo Silentstroke

RealFeel by Evans Apprentice Pad, 7''

RealFeel By Evans Apprentice Pad

No matter what skill level you are, practicing rudiments is a must. They are the steppingstones to every drumbeat, pattern, fill and solo. The Apprentice Pad is an ideal surface for this type of practice.

Its 7’’ rubber surface offers a realistic stick rebound with a virtually silent response. This allows you to practice all hours without waking your neighbours!

Shop now | RealFeel By Evans Apprentice Pad, 7’’

WHD Professional Bass Drum Practice Pad

WHD Professional Bass Drum Practice Pad

The WHD Professional Bass Drum Practice Pad is the perfect accessory for improving your footwork away from the kit. With a robust construction and raised rubber pad, it provides a realistic feel and response when struck with a beater.

It's universally compatible with all single and double kick pedals, so you'll have no trouble attaching your own. Recommended for serious players who want to master their bass drum performance on the move. A smart investment for keeping your feet as agile as your hands.

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Drum Essentials for Gigging

When gigging, us drummers have enough to worry about. It is crucial to turn up fully prepared with equipment that you trust to be stable, sturdy and easy to set up.

Vic Firth 5A Hickory Drumsticks Wood Tip, 4 Pair Value Bundle

When you think of 5A drumsticks, there’s one pair that comes to mind. The Vic Firth 5A Hickory Drumsticks are the world’s number one drumstick choice due to their incredibly durable and reliable design. When other sticks break, the Vic Firth 5A doesn’t even break a sweat. And that’s why everyone knows their name. Less stick-breaking mid-set means more time to groove in style.

Vic Firth 5A Hickory Drumsticks Wood Tip

Despite their durability and reliability, it’s never a good idea to turn up to a gig with one pair of sticks. This bundle includes four pairs of Vic Firth 5A Hickory Drumsticks – providing peace of mind throughout your performance.

Shop now | Vic Firth 5A Hickory Drumsticks Wood Tip, 4 Pair Value Bundle

Drum Key by Gear4music

Never leave the house without your keys. The Drum Key by Gear4music includes a small hole, so it can connect onto your key chain for convenience. Drum keys are one of the most crucial accessories for any drummer, especially for slight tuning adjustments between songs.

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Yamaha HW3 Crosstown Lightweight Hardware Set

When preparing for a gig, it is vital that you have sturdy and reliable hardware to withstand the show. Additionally, hardware that doesn’t take up too much space when travelling to and from the gig itself.

Yamaha HW3 Crosstown Lightweight Hardware Set

The Yamaha HW3 Crosstown Lightweight Hardware Set includes two cymbal boom stands, a hi-hat stand, a snare stand, and a Yamaha carry case. This hardware is designed to be the lightest possible weight, while maintaining the durability and stability you would expect from Yamaha hardware.

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Tama Iron Cobra Double Pedal

When you think of double kick drum pedals, it’s rare to think of any other than the Iron Cobra. The Tama Iron Cobra Double Pedal is a high performance and durable kick drum pedal that incorporates a range of innovative features to improve your performance.

Tama Iron Cobra Double Pedal

Regardless of the speed or style you want to play, the Iron Cobra is a safe bet. It can be adjusted to provide the perfect response and foot feel for you and can achieve extremely fast speeds for the heaviest of drumming.

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WHD Padded Rock Drum Bag Set

When travelling to or from a gig, it is vital to keep your drums safe to protect their finish. These bags feature thick 25mm padding to protect your drums from bumps and scratches. Each bag includes a soft fluffy interior and durable exterior - complete with robust carry handles and useful accessory pockets for spare drumheads.

WHD Padded Rock Drum Bag Set

The Rock Drum Bag Set includes a 12’’ x 10’’ and 13’’ x 11’’ tom bag, a 14’’ x 6.5’’ snare drum bag, 16’’ x 16’’ floor tom bag, and a 22’’ x 18’’ bass drum bag. There is also a Fusion Drum Bag Set available, as well as a wide range of individual bags.

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Check out the full range | WHD Drum Bags & Cases

Drum Essentials for Recording

Got a long day in the studio planned? These are the most essential items we think you need to get the most out of your session.

5 Piece Drum Mic Set with Carry Case by Gear4music

Home studios are on the rise, and we cannot think of anything more important than microphones for capturing your sound. The 5 Piece Drum Mic Set with Carry Case by Gear4music is a great quality drum microphone set that is all you need for recording on a budget.

5 Piece Drum Mic Set with Carry Case

Included in this set is a Dynamic Kick Drum Mic, a Dynamic Snare Mic, a Dynamic Tom Mic and two Back Electret Condenser Overhead Mics, as well as windscreens, clips and connectors, and a lightweight durable carry case.

Shop now | 5 Piece Drum Mic Set with Carry Case by Gear4music

Overtone Labs Tune-Bot Studio Drum Tuner

It’s vital to make sure that each of your drums are tuned perfectly to achieve the desired sound on your recording. Sometimes, achieving this with a standard drum key can be a tricky and time-consuming process, especially if you’re new to drum tuning.

Overtone Labs Tune-Bot Studio Drum Tuner

The Overtone Labs Tune-Bot Studio Drum Tuner is the perfect solution to this. It is extremely easy to use, simply attach to your drum hoop using the built in-clip and begin taking frequency readings around your drumhead. You can then adjust your tension accordingly to get the perfect sound.

Shop now | Overtone Labs Tune-Bot Studio Drum Tuner

A.M 14" Snare Towel, Forest

A.M Snare Towel

Dampening is a brilliant way to achieve your own unique sound from your snare drum. The A.M 14" Snare Towel is a quick and easy way to do just that. It’s made from 100-percent cotton, providing a soft surface for your drumsticks. You can find your own desired sound by folding the Snare Towel back, altering the level of dampening for your snare.

Shop now | A.M 14" Snare Towel, Forest

MoonGel Damper Pads by Rtom, Pot of 6, Blue

MoonGel Damper Pads by Rtom

Another way to customise your sound for the studio is by using MoonGel - the world's most highly acclaimed resonance control device. It's effective, simple and versatile. When only the best means of controlling a percussion instrument's sound will do, percussionists turn to the MoonGel Damper Pads.

Shop now | MoonGel Damper Pads by Rtom

Ludwig 14" x 6.5" Black Beauty Snare Drum, Imperial Lugs

The snare drum is the driving force of any drum kit, so it is vital you have a beauty for the studio. The Ludwig Black Beauty Snare Drum is an update to one of Ludwig's legendary snares, featuring a beaded brass shell with a metallic brass finish and durable chrome hardware.

Ludwig Black Beauty Snare Drum

The brass offers warm, metallic tones and responds with superior sensitivity to other similar snares on the market. Ideal for a wide range of drumming styles and genres, the Ludwig Black Beauty Snare offers an extremely versatile and high-performing design at a competitive price point.

Shop now | Ludwig 14" x 6.5" Black Beauty Snare Drum

Find out more

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Posted on 3 May 2021 12:16 to category : Instruments News

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