Drums are also a big confidence booster, since — to put it simply — they’re powerful and loud! Sure, you may be the one sitting in the back, but you’re the one driving that train, and everybody knows it. And did we mention it’s great exercise?
If you’re concerned about volume at home, it’s actually not hard to keep it quiet with the wide range of electronic kits on the market. Yamaha and Alesis are two good brands, and both can offer a full drumming experience with the added benefit of volume knobs and headphone jacks. You don’t even need to have a full electronic kit to get started – even a simple practice pad can be enough to use for your first couple lessons, or to take with you when you’re out of town.
At Sense & Color, we use electronic kits, since they offer a wide range of sounds with a convenient volume knob so we don’t drown out the rest of the school! The only thing you’ll need to bring to your lessons is your music and your drumsticks, but you’ll definitely need some sort of kit to practice on at home.
Drums vs Percussion
Essentially, all drums are percussion instruments, but all percussion instruments are not drums! Percussion instruments are instruments that are hit in some way to make sound, whether that’s with your hand, a mallet, sticks, etc. (In that sense, a piano is also a percussion instrument, since the sound is created by hammers hitting the strings!)
Our drum teacher, Chase Ozment, has extensive experience not only in rock bands, but in numerous forms of percussion and marching bands. If you’re looking to learn a specific form of percussion instrument that isn’t a drum set or marching percussion, send us an email and let’s talk!