If you've ever noticed your kid tapping their hands on the kitchen counter, it might be an excellent indicator for you to purchase them a drum set. If you've got a hand and vibe for it yourself, it's never too late to invest in a drum kit and start learning. It's healthy, it keeps you busy, and if you are serious about learning an instrument, it ends up paying you in the long run. In this article, we've put together a list of quality beginner drum sets of 2021 - most of them come under a budget but are the finest pieces on the market to get you going until you're ready for an expensive, high-end drum set.
And don't worry about buying a poor drum set - not only have we reviewed the drum sets in detail for you, with all their pros and cons - we've also curated a detailed buyer's guide at the end of this page! American Songwriter cares, so you can be care-free! So, let's get started!
Love seeing your favorite drummers whiplash it out on the stage? Inspired and not sure where to begin from? We've got you.
This section will help you get your hands on your first drum, within a budget, something that'll give you ample room for growth! If you've seen the list above, half the work is done - the other half you'll be done with once you're through with this buyer's guide. Let's start.
Breaking Down Different Parts of a Drum Kit
If you're a complete beginner or a parent planning to buy a drum kit for their kid, it's highly likely that you're unaware of the basics. Well, you won't be after you're done with this guide.
The bass drum is that big one that sits on the floor and has a pedal attached to it and makes that boomy sound. A track is almost bound to sound dull and thin without a bass!
The snare is that drum that normally goes between legs, has that thick thumpy sound that helps add pace and fullness to tracks. You can't imagine a fast track without a snare.
There normally are three kinds of toms - a mounted tom (it's usually the highest). The mid tom that comes second and then there's a floor tom. Toms are most prominent during those drum fills in tracks.
Cymbals help add a new dimension to your drums - the most common ones are hi-hats, rides, and crashes. Plus, there are other effects cymbals out there that help create cool splashy sounds so there's decent playing room here.
Pedals are mainly used for bass drums, also known as kick drums. There's also a pedal for hi-hats that make the two of them clap together to make a nice 'chik' sound.
Your basic drum kit will come ready with the stands/racks and everything. However, if you're buying a separate drum, it may or may not come with a stand so you'll have to improvise your purchase accordingly.
What Are Electronic Drums?
If you're buying a beginner drum set for the first time, this is probably something you don't have to worry about - unless you're planning on maintaining good relations with your neighbors.
Jokes apart, an electronic drum kit has the same components as an acoustic one, except that they're not real and rather made up of discs or shallow shells made up of rubber/silicone. Plus, the brain of an electronic drum kit is the module that helps detect the hits made to the drumheads and translates them into pre-recorded sounds.
You can start with a beginner roll-up drum set but we always suggest going with the real thing - since there's a matter of responsiveness and getting the feel of playing actual acoustic drums.
Once you've got your hands dirty with an acoustic kit, you can move to an electronic one.
How Much Should You Be Investing in Your First Drum Set?
Well, it depends on who you are and who you will be after getting your drum set. Are you just getting one as a hobby? Are you serious about it? Is it your passion? Do you see it as a potential kit that could shape up your future?
Once you have an answer to these questions, you'll know how much should you be investing. For starters, and especially if the kit is for a kid, there's no problem starting with 100-200 bucks. In fact, it's best if you start from there and let your kids find their way up from there.
However, if you're serious about it, you could take the budget up a notch and think about spending around $500-$1000 for a decent setup. Doing this will keep you from investing right after a few months and give you ample room for growth.
What Accessories Do I Need to Buy with a Drum Set?
So once you're done buying your drum set, make sure you've got the following to keep things safe and exciting!
So we suggest beginners to start with 5A drumsticks, but as you get familiar with them, try experimenting with other drumsticks and see what works for you. Drumsticks are different in length, thickness, and shape of the tip.
Similarly, there are drum brushes that help you get a different sound texture so they're worth checking out too!
If you'll be traveling a lot or if your kid is in the school band and will have to carry the drum often, think about buying a nice drum case or a soft gig bag. It'll help keep your investment safe from the outside elements and accidents!
If you're buying an instrument, it falls on you to keep it clean and maintained as well.
So you should know that you'll be polishing the hardware, lubricating stands and pedals, protecting your drum hoops, and more!
People Also Ask
Q: What is a beginner drum set?
A: A beginner drum set usually consists of a 5-piece drum kit containing a snare, bass drum, hi-hats, and toms. A junior drum kit for kids, also considered a beginner drum set could have as little as 3-pieces.
Q: What is the best way to clean drums?
A: The best way to clean your drums is through a damp microfiber cloth slowly, followed by cleaning the drums with a dry cloth. If the finish is particularly dirty, you can use a bit of soap and warm water to get the job done.
Derek is a professional musician who specializes in percussion and works with the independent WGI group Cap City Percussion. With a Bachelors of Music from Capital University, specializing in Music Industry studies, he consistently finds himself playing and teaching percussion to anyone who has the will to learn. Derek is also a former member of DCI groups Legends (2014-15) and Colts (2016-18); he is also the percussion technician and instructor of the drum line at Olentangy High School. You may find him playing a gig throughout the greater Columbus, Ohio area.