You don’t know much about drums, you’re afraid the neighbours will come banging on the door after an hour’s rehearsal.
How to choose a model adapted to its beginnings without putting the house in all its states? Don’t worry! Preconceived ideas are going to take their toll. And, since your child is definitely holding on and seems determined, you need to start looking for the right basic assets to live up to his or her brand new but already very insistent ambitions!
Choosing drum training for your child.
You don’t know much about drums, you’re afraid that the neighbours will come banging on the door after an hour of rehearsal, and the room of the new Phil Collins looks like a recording studio! How do you choose a model that’s right for your beginnings without getting the house in a state of disarray? Don’t worry! Preconceived ideas are going to take their toll. And, since your child is definitely holding on and seems determined, you need to start looking for the right basic assets to live up to his brand new but already very insistent ambitions!
Are there batteries for children?
There aren’t really any “miniature” drums or scale models like for the violin, for example, apart from toy drums, ideal if your little musician is under 6 years old, but rather discouraging in the long term because they risk demotivating the first impulses of the most motivated in a few weeks. It is better to move towards the purchase of a complete drum kit, even a second-hand one, but which resonates pleasantly to his ears, in the same way as his drum teacher.
At what age should a child start giving drum lessons?
From 6-7 years old, and if your child asks for it, don’t hesitate and turn to a drum teacher who will take into account his or her first hits! Don’t hesitate to have him/her do a few test sessions to find out if your little one just wants to hit the bass drum or cymbals with all his/her might to make as much noise as possible or if it turns out that he/she has a real attraction for learning rhythm and music. A teacher will skillfully guide him to the subtleties of the drums, which represent a complex percussion ensemble: a small orchestra, not easy to manage on its own!
What type of drums to choose when you know very little about them?
An evolutionary drum set that takes into account the adjustment of each element so that your child, whatever his age and morphology, can adapt without difficulty, as he grows, to their positioning :
Stool and snare drum (adjustable in height)
Big box (the smallest size)
Charleston Cymbals (with adjustable feet)
Accessible toms (drums).
Take advice from your teacher who will advise you on the model that is not only adapted to your morphology, but also, depending on your type of dwelling – detached house with fitted space, basement – or apartment with direct neighbourhood. The battery is noisy and you can’t help but notice the impact on your daily life!
The essentials of the first battery
That it is adapted to the child’s size and allows him, above all, to sit comfortably on his adjustable stool, to have access to the whole of the chosen kit so that he moves with ease and does not feel any tension, with his feet always on the ground and his arms at a good distance from each of the elements. Do not hesitate to go to different stores to try the different models and see, on the spot, the choice of battery kits offered.
An evolving drum set: acoustic or electronic?
If you don’t have delicate ears, no neighbours around, and your child is himself equipped with headphones to protect his hearing, you can try the adventure of the acoustic drums, which, just like the piano, plunges him directly into the world of live concerts! The electronic drum set is a good alternative and, on the other hand, allows you to play ideally in your apartment and, above all, in your bedroom, with headphones that reproduce a variety of sounds in a reasonable space! Nevertheless, depending on your room, you will have to isolate the floor with a small platform or a carpet to avoid basic vibrations on the floor.
The importance of the choice of drums for the child who is just starting out
If it is too low quality and your child has been taking lessons for some time, you should immediately know the difference between the super-pro quality of the one tested during his lessons and the exercises on the one he finds at home: result? – he picks up the phone very quickly and you’re in for your cost savings. Without trying to ruin yourself for a top-of-the-range drum kit, a reasonable and quality opportunity can always be found – and resold later – while a toy or very damaged kit will end up in the trash or in the basement! A well-chosen second-hand drum set, used regularly and struck daily by your little budding drummer can last him for many years and make him progress with confidence!