Archive | October, 2013

Parent-Friendly and Drummer Friendly Product Review: PDP Z5 5 piece drum set

20 Oct



Over the years I have been teaching a large number of drum students during the weeks and many of them sought my help when they were at the stage where they are ready to get their first drum set. I always love doing what I can to make their search for a good deal a little clearer. And also help anyone else in a similar situation.

The PDP Z5 5 Piece Drum kit is an entry level drum set that retails between $330-$400 depending on the retailer. The higher price points usually includes starter cymbals and all hardware.

Remember, when it comes to drum sizes, it’s: Diameter-playing surface X Depth of the drum.

What you get:
This Drum Set is constructed of Poplar Wood to create a good sound at a lower price point.

Bass Drum: 22″x16″ bass drum- pedal may or may not be included
Snare Drum: 14″ x 5″ may or may not include a pair of drumsticks.
3 Tom-toms: Small Tom 10″ x 8,” Middle Tom 12″ x 9,” and Floor Tom 14″ x 9.”
Available in other colors

Depending on the retailer this set may or may not include hardware (snare drum stand, cymbal stand, bass drum pedal).

Also depending on the retailer this set may or may not include starter cymbals (hi hats, crash/ride).


This seems to be a good starter set. If you are just looking to buy your child a set of drums for drum lessons or their first garage band this is a good way to go. I do recommend getting different drum heads for this kit relatively soon to improve the sound of the kit. Try a “fusion size pack” of Remo Pinstripe Heads for the tom-toms (10″-12″-14) or Evans G2 heads of the same ilk. And for the snare drum try an Evans reverse dot head or Remo Reverse Dot (14″). If you buy this set from a retailer that includes cymbals, all you’ll need is a separate crash cymbal. It’s fairly easy to get a starter crash cymbal for a low price.

Good Online Retailers:

And many others!
As always, ask your drum teacher to help you pick out a good drum set. Or ask me!
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Famous People Who Play The Drums

15 Oct

You’ll never be alone!
Not only will people think that you’re cool and want to hear you play, but you’ll join a worldwide community of drummers! You could travel from Kentucky to San Francisco, then walk right into a drum shop and instantly make some friends with like minded drummers!

Also consider this; lots of celebs play the drums too:
Here are a few:

Joe Pesci
Don Cheadle
Billy Bob Thornton
Dennis Green (former Vikings football coach)
Criss Angel
Craig Fergueson
Dana Carvey
Bob Crane (from Hogan’s Heroes)
Johnny Carson
Tipper Gore
Mike Piazza
Bill Cosby
Courtney Cox
Randy Johnson
Doug Flutie
Paul O’Neil

Parents, Before You Send Your Kid Out There….

14 Oct

Parents, Before You Send Your Kid Out There…..

Parents, Before You Send Your Kid Out There….

14 Oct

….to “learn the drums” by joining the elementary school band please consider this. About 80% of the Elementary School Band Directors out there are not drummers. In fact, most of them know very little about the drums at all. Being a “Band Director” doesn’t mean that you are a master of all the instruments in a band. Was Paul McCartney a puppeteer of Ringo Starr? No. The same thing applies for the school band. If you can drive a regular passenger car does that qualify you to drive a race car? No. same thing applies to the school band. Parents, if you are going to spend money on renting or buying a drum for your child you might as well make sure that they have a fair chance at learning how to play it. And guess what? Your band director recommends this for your child too!

Visit InnerBeat Drum School’s website today and start learning how to: Hold the drumsticks properly, how to play a drum roll! learn a drum solo and much more right from the website….

One Thing I So WishThat More Beginner Drummers Would Do!

14 Oct

One Thing I So WishThat More Beginner Drummers Would Do!.

One Thing I So WishThat More Beginner Drummers Would Do!

13 Oct

I really wish that more drummers would just simply spend more time just taking a simple beat drum beat and playing it consistently for a long period of time. Yes, I know that it’s tempting to throw in a fill or something but way too often the beginners just don’t have the discipline to develop the “pocket.” It’s one thing to just play a beat, it’s another to play a beat that people can feel and that a bass player can lock into. Now your playing is of more use to other people. I have a couple of great play along tracks right here if you need a place to start. Just listen and play along!