A Christmas List for Parents of Young Drummers!
If you’ve decided to buy a drum set for your son or daughter this holiday season, there are several additional things you’ll need to complete your purchase. But first I‘d like to congratulate you – drummers are, by design, notoriously loud – and because of that, among the most difficult musicians to host in your own home! You are obviously of hearty stock and I commend you for making the commitment to support your creative child!
My middle son was a drummer and this list includes things I wish I had known about: Soundproofing? Genius! Extra Drumsticks? Duh! And joining in on practice time? REALLY FUN! Happy Shopping and please comment and attach a video of your child playing the drums. I guarantee you’ll come to love the sound of your child drumming away happily in your basement! (…or…not.)
If you are planning to buy a drum set for your son or daughter, you’ll also need:
- Lessons – Find a teacher right away and introduce your child to the basics. You may not continue them in the long run, but even a few lessons will help your child gain confidence and enjoyment.
- Extra drumsticks – Drumsticks can break so he’ll need more than one pair, and, if he is taking lessons, he’ll need to bring a pair along with him.
- A good stool – Invest in a stool made for use with drum sets and buy the best one you can afford; you’ll want him to be comfortable.
- Drummers Headphones – Buy several pairs of the best headphones you can afford. Not only does your drummer need to protect his hearing, but you do too. His friends will also wear them if you have several pairs handy.
- Invest in soundproofing – Soundproofing materials are available on line if you want to do it yourself or find a company to do it for you.
- Other instruments – I know this sounds like overkill, but to make your child’s experience even better, buy other percussion instruments like hand drums, maracas, tambourines or even a guitar or keyboard to have on hand for jam sessions. You can search garage sales, or visit a used instrument store in your area. If you have room, your basement could become the place where the kids want to hang out! What’s better than that? (OK, well, at least you have extra headphones on hand!)