If you’re looking for a quiet, compact, and portable practice solution, a drum practice pad kit may be just the thing you need. It will give you a realistic drum kit feel at a relatively low price and there are many benefits to consider. Let’s take a look.
What is it?
Essentially, it’s a set of several normal practice pads which are mounted on a folding metal frame. The idea is to simulate the layout and feel of a regular full-sized drum kit.
It includes a bass drum pad which you can use with your existing kick pedal. This setup gives you a closer feel to a full sized set than a single practice pad, while giving you all the benefits of low volume practice pad playing.
How would this benefit me?
A practice pad kit is useful in many different ways:
- Perfect for warming up before a gig, or before a session on a full sized kit
- Gives extra dimensions to your traditional practice pad routine
- Low cost, low volume solution for beginners to ‘play along’ with their favourite tracks
- Allows you to incorporate bass drum routines into your regular practice
- Offers an easy transition between practice and playing sessions
Save time and hassle
As you may know as an acoustic drum player, there are several options for reducing volume on your kit during times when it’s unsuitable to play at full volume.
Fitting mesh heads to an acoustic set is a great way to reduce volume, but there’s no way you’re going to want to change them every time you need to let rip at full volume!
Another option you may consider is drum set mutes. These fit to the drums and cymbals and take no time at all to put on or take off. Compared to a practice pad kit, drum mutes have two significant disadvantages:
- A decent amount of your stick rebound is absorbed by the rubber surface. This potentially makes it more difficult to play for longer periods of time.
- While they are up to 70% quieter, they still don’t make your acoustic set any more portable. Mutes do however allow you to use your cymbals in practice, where the practice pad set does not.
It could be that you’re short on time, you’re in need of maximum portability, or maybe you spent ages getting your acoustic drum setup just right and don’t want to change it. In this case a practice pad kit may be a good solution.
Practice kits are very portable, so you can take them with you whenever you’re on the move and away from your full set. They’re also ideal for warming up before a gig, or when you’re staying in a hotel for a week. The kit will fold away quickly and easily to make sure it takes up very little space when you don’t need it.
But I’ve already got a practice pad, why would I need this?
A traditional practice pad is a fantastic tool for keeping up your skills, and I would recommend using one as much as possible during your practice routine – check out my article here. But, as good as they are, stand-alone practice pads don’t and can’t simulate the feel of a full drum kit. You’re limited to one playing surface which allows for only one dimensional practice.
A practice pad kit gives you the different angles and multi-level characteristics of a full kit. It allows you to simulate fills and rolls between drums for a more realistic session. You will have the familiarity of your regular bass drum pedal to ensure you’re able to keep your right foot up to speed.
As far as low-volume practice options go, you can’t go too far wrong with a drum practice pad kit. They are compact and robust, and best of all have a realistic drum kit layout.
This means you can change over to your full-sized acoustic setup without spending too long re-adjusting to the drum positions. Really portable, they can travel with you anywhere you go. They’re quiet enough to be used in almost any situation.
Find the right practice pad kit to suit your situation and keep up your chops wherever you go.
What are your preferences for quiet practice? Please do leave a comment below, I would love to hear from you.