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Drums & Percussion Lessons

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About the Drums & Percussion

A drum set (primarily American), drum kit (primarily British/Australian) or just drums is a collection of drums and other percussion instruments, typically cymbals, which are set up on stands to be played by a single player with drumsticks held in both hands and the feet operating pedals that control the hi-hat cymbal and the beater for the bass drum.

A standard modern kit (for a right-handed player), as used in popular music and taught in music schools, contains:

  • A snare drum, mounted on a stand, placed between the player’s knees and played with drum sticks (which may include rutes or brushes).
  • A bass drum, played by a pedal operated by the right foot, which moves a felt-covered beater.
  • Two or more toms, played with sticks or brushes.
  • A hi-hat (two cymbals mounted on a stand), played with the sticks, opened and closed with left foot pedal (can also produce sound with the foot alone).
  • One or more cymbals, mounted on stands, played with the sticks.

The drum kit is usually played while seated on a drum stool or throne.

Many drummers extend their kits from this basic pattern, adding more drums, more cymbals, and many other instruments including pitched percussion. In some styles of music, particular extensions are normal, for example double bass drums in heavy metal music and the enlarged kits used by some progressive rock drummers, which may include unusual instruments such as gongs. Some performers use small kits that omit elements from the basic setup.

A percussion instrument is a musical instrument that is sounded by being struck or scraped by a beater (including attached or enclosed beaters or rattles); struck, scraped or rubbed by hand; or struck against another similar instrument. The percussion family is believed to include the oldest musical instruments, following the human voice


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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Drums reduce stress and give you just the dose of positive energy that you need. It also supports your need for self-expression
  • You can always have your favorite song played and get the chance to play along as if you’re a part of that awesome band of yours
  • Playing the drums helps you focus and listen better: it always tests how flexible and creative your mind is to blend in and enrich the melodies but yet NOT be boring and monotonous
  • Playing the drums stimulates your memory to recall information fast and enhances your neuromuscular coordination
  • A chance to discover your creative abilities
  • The drums is the backbone of rock music and many other music genres as well

Yes, there is, and compared to other instruments, the drums sheet music is one of the easiest to read out there.

Yes, you’re welcome to rent Finoon’s drum set any time to practice for a small fee

Yes, you’re welcome to rent the drum set from Finoon any time to practice for a small fee; all you need to have is the sticks

In Finoon, there are typically 6 progressive levels for the drums and the duration of each level depends upon the comprehensive capabilities of the student and their regular attendance to classes; for instance: the first level can take from 1 to 2.5 months, and the second level can take from 2 to 3 months

First, let’s establish that no magic can make you a player overnight, mastering any musical instrument takes time. The most important thing however is, the number of hours per week that you actually invest into practice. Practice strengths your muscle memory so that your body knows what to do without you even thinking. Make sure that you practice at least three hours a week, but it is recommended to practice for an hour (uninterrupted) daily.

No, there aren’t any; anyone can play the drums.

Storage: it is advisable to store the drums in a hard case in order to protect them from impact, ripping, breaking, and other elements that may harm the drums such as dust, humidity, dirt, moisture, etc… soft cases provide a level of protection and are lighter to carry and move but hard cases protect them more.

Cleaning: cleaning the drums regularly helps to maintain their sound quality and protects the parts from rust and corrosion. Clean the drums fortnightly or once per month depending on your frequency of use. Wipe the drums with a soft dry cotton cloth to remove the dirt. Using other types of cloth for cleaning may scratch the drums and lead to damaging them. After wiping the drums with a dry cotton cloth, damp another with warm water or any glass cleaning product (ammonia-free). Beware not to spray the product directly onto the drums as this may harm the surface and damage the chrome-plating (if there’s any).

Cleaning the cymbals: neglecting to clean the cymbals may cause the dirt and dust to accumulate in the grooves and affect the quality of their sound. Use products that are special for cleaning copper and stainless steel and remember to wear gloves while cleaning with these products, and always be careful not to let these products touch the other non-copper or non-stainless steel parts.

Cleaning the stands: stands are generally made of (or plated with) chrome and they can be cleaned with the products you use for cleaning and polishing furniture as these products contain wax which creates a thin protective layer that can protect the stands from corrosion and scratching and helps to maintain their shine. Car products used for polishing chrome parts may also be used, but again use a soft cotton dry cloth for this.

The drums are perfect for mostly all kinds of music especially the Rock, Blues and Jazz music.

Yes, Finoon can buy the instrument on your behalf and this rids you of a lot of effort if you’ve just started your musical journey. Finoon can also sell instruments on your behalf, if you’re looking for an upgrade, or provide technical support and guidance for purchasing used and new instruments.

There are plenty of brands available including Tama and DW and the more affordable choice MABEX

vic-firth is well-known and affordable.

No, since you use the sticks for playing

11 years and above should normally be good, and there is no maximum age. Some people start at a younger age than 11 if their musical talent allows it.