Getting an acoustic drum kit can be too impractical for people living in the city, so we tend to recommend that people start with an electric drum kit. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of the electric kit.
- can practice in silence using earphones plugged into the drum kit
- They are easier to play as the drumheads have more bounce
- They are easy to record which makes it good for tracking your progress on the instrument
- They don’t need to be tuned (yes, acoustic drums need to be tuned just like any other instrument)
- They quite often have been built timing exercises and metronomes which make practice much easier
- You don’t need to replace your drumsticks as regularly as you would if you were hitting them off the metal rims on acoustic drum
- They don’t have the same feel as an acoustic drum kit
- They are not entirely silent; you are still hitting something with sticks. However, they are much quieter than an acoustic kit.
- They are not always as responsive.sometimes, hitting with different strengths doesn’t result in different volume or tone as it would on an acoustic kit.
What should I be looking for?
Roland have a great selection of electric drum kits. They have something available at all price points, and most importantly they are bomb proof (we’ve put this to the test!)
Don’t hesitate to post any questions about buying a drum kit in Edinburgh!