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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…..


Drum Cover: Spain

4 Feb

This is me playing along to a rendition of Spain played by Michel Camilo and Tomatito. This cover was a challenge because the time was very loose; almost nebulous!…yet that is what was so fun about playing it! Remember to sign up for free audio drum lessons here:


It’s all in the fingers!!!

5 Dec

Best age to start drum lessons

5 Oct

In my opinion the best age to start drum lessons would be between ages 5 through 8.  At this age range, kids are young enough to not have been exposed to many of the counterproductive routes to learning how to play the drums like bad advice from school band directors or sloppy online lessons and other pitfalls.  Also, at this age range kids will be old enough to retain the information given to them in lessons….and another benefit is that at these ages, parents will have an easier time helping their kids to practice at home…it will be a nice activity for the family!


4 Oct

Remember, 15-20 mins of consistent practice 4-7 days per week is always better than a 2 hour cram session once or twice per week. Also, try to spend some time practicing softly…playing softly develops control and helps you to play smoother. Plus it will help you concentrate better while you play…