Learning to play the drums can be very rewarding and satisfying, whether you already play another instrument or not. Electronic drums are an excellent choice for a new beginner.

Sometimes people have some common misperceptions about electronic drums. One of the most prevalent is that a beginner should learn to play acoustic drums first. This myth is likely based on outdated information and stems from the drawbacks of electronic drum systems from the 1980’s.

It was during this decade that companies began mass-producing electronic drum systems, particularly for the non-professional player. A lack of computer and digital technology combined with high demand and rapid production led to systems that were sub-par. Many lacked the feel of “real” drums, and the only kinds of sounds they were capable of producing were not true to the sound of acoustics. It’s little wonder that so many musicians of the eighties and early nineties became disillusioned with electronic drums.

Unfortunately, some of those perceptions still linger, even though technology has changed dramatically since then. Today’s electronic drums have broader capabilities and more current technology. The sounds they are capable of producing, particularly quality brands like Roland drums, are very realistic. Many are indistinguishable from those of their acoustic cousins.

Because of this, today there is no reason why a beginner can’t learn to play using an electric drum set. In fact, it can be advantageous, since a drummer can learn how to use MIDI and sampling at the same time as he or she learns the basics of drumming. It’s like learning several skills at once.

Beginners (or their parents) need not worry about the transition from electric to acoustic drums later on. Quality electronic drum kits like Roland drums are built to closely mimic acoustics, both in set-up and feel. This makes for seamless transitions from electric to acoustic and back again.

Like acoustics, electric drums also feature the basic drums: toms, snare, bass and cymbals. The way they are configured will depend upon the type and brand, but are typically set up in the same manner as an acoustic kit would be. The beginner will learn the function and sound of each of these drums, the same as he/she would with a non-electric set.

In addition to being able to learn the basics of drumming, the beginner will also be introduced to the sound kit(s) with most electronic models. Even the most basic of sets come with built-in sounds and effects. Many have the capability to have extra sound kits added on later, if desired.
The type of beginner’s kit that you choose should depend mainly upon the player’s age and your budget. Very young players who are just starting out (about age 10 and under) can get away with a very basic kit. Roland electronic drums, for instance, manufactures a line of compact drums which features all of the standard drum and cymbal components.

Kits like these are ideal for beginners because they contain everything the learner needs, plus a few built-in effects, all for a very minimal price. Choosing such a set means that the purchaser (who is often the parent of the beginner) isn’t investing a small fortune in an instrument that a child might lose interest in within months.

Many electronic drum kits can have extra components added to them later on, should the need arise. Some can be added right into the original setup. Others are compatible with freestanding components. Be sure to check into this option when you buy.

A quality beginner’s electric drum set will probably be more than adequate for at least the first four to five years of lessons. It usually takes only a few years to discover whether you (or your child) have a real passion for pursuing drumming on a more serious level.

Source by Scott Lindsay