- Hearing Protection:
you just purchased your child a drum set and do
not know exactly what to do or how to get them started?
Let us help you figure that out and make it an enjoyable
experience for you both.
your child starts to even hit the drums you need
to make sure that you are protecting their hearing.
If your child is pressuring you to play the drums
then they need to understand that playing the drums
requires that they protect their hearing.
are a variety of different types of ear
protection, discussed here are three different
types; Foam Ear Plugs, Sound Isolation Ear Plugs
and Practice Head Phones.
foam ear plugs would be the simplest
and least expensive type of ear protection. They
can be purchased from most retail stores and are
usually in the medicine section where sleeping aides
Sound Isolator Ear Plugs are much
better at allowing sound in while limiting the harmful
levels that can damage your child's hearing. They
are more money then the foam version, but your child's
hearing is worth it.
there are Practice Head Phones which
we feel are the best for ear protection. They completely
cover the ears and block out the harmful sound levels
that can damage hearing. It is important that your
child does not play loud music in the head phones
because that will be counterproductive for hearing
protection. It is natural for drummers to want to
hit harder and compensate that by turning the music
up louder. This is a good lesson in getting your
child to play at a level that is normal in relationship
to other musicians that he/she may eventually play
Firth Practice Head Phones
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now that is out of the way, I would just let your
child enjoy the drums without any restrictions as
long as their hearing is protected. Let them have
fun and enjoy being themselves and just "Banging"
away at the drums! Do not make
them go and play. You will see over time if they
continue to play without being asked that they are
more likely to continue this behavior later on as
they get more involved with drumming.
your child shows no interest after you buy them
the drums then they will probably never want to
really learn the instrument or the timing was not
right. Many times if a friend or other family member
can show them how fun it is then they might pick
it up more. Even professional drums get inspired
by hearing other drummers and it is a way to motivate
while not forcing the issue of practicing.
a Drum Teacher:
the next thing to consider is getting them into
drum lessons if the school does not offer it during
band class. Usually the school has a teacher they
work with that you can trust on their recommendation.
It is always best to talk to the teacher and see
if they are a good fit for your child.
can ask me questions as well because I taught drum
lessons for 10 years and had students from 5 years
old to 40 years old and also had kids with learning
disabilities and physical limitations.
are some things to consider and questions to ask
when picking your first drum teacher:
are different levels of teachers so you want to
make sure that when your child's teacher thinks
it is time to move to the next level they can recommend
the next teacher.
Fun and Are the drums too loud!?:
There are some great play-a-long CD's
that we recommend in the links below. The Turn It
Up series are professional played tracks of bass
guitar and other instruments. Your child will love
to play along with these. We recommend the entire
set so your child should understand all styles of
It Up CD's Recommended by The Drum Experts
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is great that they have a favorite preference of
music, but to be a good player in your favorite
style you should learn to play every style with
comfort, feel and groove.
type of drumming will enhance your child's drumming
skills and will naturally help them develop their
own sound and style for their most favorite music.
they have a favorite drummer they will soon realize
that those drummers usually love the drummers of
the past and listened to them and played along with
them. Drummers like Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa and so
many others were great influences on all of the
rock drummers in the 60's and 70's.
for the parents that just can't take the noise level!
Make sure the drums are away from the family and
not in a place that will make daily life hard to
handle. Drums are loud and will get under the skin
of anyone that has to listen to them for an extended
period of time. There are drum silencers
and pads that you can place on the drums and cymbals
to cut the noise. (Links above)
Percussion Drum Silencers on eBay
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think these should be an early addition to the drum
set so that your child appreciates the times he/she
can play the drums without sound dampeners. These
will also protect your child's hearing so a certain
of amount of time should be with the pads and then
a certain amount of time should be without them.
is a small article on a large topic which we will
slowly get in to more detail in on the web site.
As always we welcome your questions and will answer
then as quickly as possible.
Kids Drum Experts