How to Read Drum Sheet Music – Your Crash Course

sheet music for drummers

Learning how to read sheet music can be a vital step to becoming a great drummer.

Despite what you might think:

It’s not difficult to learn how to read sheet music.

For drums, all you need is a grasp of the basics of the notation and a few examples to get started.

I’m a real ‘learn by doing’ guy, and many drummers are also. In this article, I’m going to show you by example rather than bombarding you with music theory.

You can learn the detail of the music theory later. Once you get a bit of a context of how to read sheet music, I think that’s half the battle already won.

Let’s get started with a quick example:

A Simple Rock Beat

Take this example (automatically starts at 1:24) of a basic rock beat. This piece is a great way to explain how drum sheet music works, as it uses a very simple rhythm with multiple different surfaces.

Quick explanation:

  • There are 4 beats in a bar here: This particular piece uses the same time signature as the vast majority of modern music, which is 4/4 – which means that there are 4 quarter notes per bar (more on that later). Many bars together are combined to make up a song.
  • The different drums and cymbals are placed in different vertical positions of the staff. The kick drum is at the bottom, the hi-hat is an X at the top, and the snare drum is above the middle. Drums are written as regular music notes, while cymbals are denoted as X’s.
  • In this piece, all the kick and snare hits are on the main beats (1, 2, 3, 4), but the hi-hats are also played evenly between each of these beats as well (1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &). These are known as eighth notes, as they have half the value of quarter notes (so they occur twice as much in our piece).

It’s very useful to play along using a metronome when trying these out. This helps to ensure that you’re staying exactly on time, and it helps when you get into more complicated rhythms.

Mixing it up a little

Now let’s change it around a little. Take a look at the next beat in this video (automatically starts at 2:47), we’re simply moving the bass drum from the 3rd beat one eighth note forward.

This kick drum hit occurs exactly at the same time as our hi-hat hit in between the 3rd and 4th beat.

One little change to our bar has made all the difference. Feel free to try out different arrangements yourself. You can have snare drum, bass drum, and hi-hat hits all at once if you want.

drum sheet music
Drum sheet music is heavily used in drum corps, as their music pieces can be very intricate and use many different rudiments

I recommend that you start slow when doing this. This video is a great example, as it starts at 60 beats per minute, exactly one beat per second.

Once you increase the speed, these drum beats can get very cool.

I initially thought “What’s the point of sheet music for drummers” when I started to play drums. After a few drum lessons, I really started to see the difference.

Learning a basic rock beat is easy for drums, but it’s very easy to plateau with your learning development on drums.

One of my best and most important pieces of drum tuition was Dom Famularo’s drum tuition book ‘It’s your move’. I would have never been able to even read the instruction if I didn’t know how to read drum sheet music.

Drum sheet music is also widely used for the full drum set, covering every style of playing

Learning drum notation does the following:

  • It gives you a better understanding of music and rhythm.
  • Opens you to a whole new world of music tuition, books, and learning resources.
  • Enables you to read and play on the spot, meaning that you don’t have to learn large pieces of music for performances. This is great for session drummers, or for drummers in cover bands that need to refresh their memory on songs regularly.
  • It gives you more credibility as a musician.

Learning more of the basics

Take a look at this next video to keep learning the basics:

After this, I’ve listed some more quick resources that you should check out straight away. These include more resources to learn how to read sheet music for drummers, and links to free sheet music for download.

 

Rob from DrumsTheWord does a great job of explaining more of the basics here.

Free drum sheet music

There is a wealth of free drum transcriptions on the web. Here is a great list of options for you to get started right away without having to pay a dime:

Drumeo – This first video in this lesson was by Jared Falk from Drumeo. If you liked that video, then you’re going to be amazed at what Drumeo has to offer. Be sure to check out the Drumeo website.

http://www.drumiverse.com/ – A popular site with an ever-growing selection of free drum scores.

https://drumcentral.co.uk/drum-transcriptions/ – Quality free drum scores on popular rock and pop music. This is a great one for practicing drummers, or those playing in cover bands.

http://www.drumscore.com/sheet-music/free-drum-sheet-music – Drumscore.com is a fantastic resource for sheet music. I’ve linked to a page which includes a list of their free transcriptions. This includes a few cool metal tracks in here too, such as System Of A Down and Iron Maiden. Rock on!

http://www.drummingmatt.com/drum_transcriptions.php – A nice selection of free drum scores by Matt MacKinnon.

https://www.8notes.com/drums/sheet_music/ – This site is only free for a few scores per day, but there is a great selection. It also includes a play-along element which is a great plus.

http://thedrumninja.com/drum-transcriptions/ – A very decent selection of free drum sheet music

That should be enough free resources to keep you going! If you have any other links to add to the list then please write a comment below.

Learning How to Read Sheet Music for Drums – Final Thoughts

There are some many benefits to learning how to read sheet music. More and more musicians in modern days are self-thought. If you’re in this category, then good for you. However, you need to push yourself towards all of those important aspects of your music education to ensure that you keep learning and keep progressing.

My biggest takeaway is this: try to recognize when you stop progressing on drums. A few years ago, I was practicing hours a day, but I realized that I wasn’t putting quality time into my practice. I was just rehashing the same drum beats over and over again.

Learning how to read sheet music for drums can really put you in the zone of trying out new rhythms there and then. It’s a great learning adventure to pick up a drum tuition book and start playing rhythms.

Keep on learning and keep on rocking!

Mike

 

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Double Bass Electronic Drum Sets – Buyer’s Guide

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The topic of using a double bass pedal with your electronic drum set comes up quite frequently.

It can be difficult to find out information online about what electronic drum kits are compatible with these.

It’s quite simple. All you need is a big enough kick pad that can support two beaters and a double bass drum pedal.

Then you’re good to go.

Why use a double bass drum pedal?

Multiple kick pedals are very popular amount numerous styles of music, particularly metal and more complex drumming for alternative styles of music.

There are two ways that double bass drums are usually set up on an acoustic kit: the first way is to have 2 actual separate bass drums. This is a great option but it adds an incredible amount of extra weight and bulk to your kit.

The alternative is a double bass drum pedal. This is what most drummers use in the case of having two kick pedals.

If you get a decent kick pedal, the feel of these is broadly the same.

Roland TD-11KV-S

The Roland TD-11KV (pictured above) is a great option for double kick pedals because it includes the Roland KD-9 kick pad. Higher-end Roland models include even better pads for double kick pedals (Note: kick pedal needs to be purchased separately for this e-drum kit)

Getting a double bass drum pedal

If you got a pedal with your drum set, it’s likely a single one. This contains one pedal and one kick.

I would highly recommend that you invest a decent sum of money into your double kick pedal. My first double pedal was a very low budget one, and the quality of the left pedal was simply not up to par with the right one.

You really want to make sure that the secondary pedal is extremely smooth. Otherwise, it can be very frustrating, and you would simply not be able to get the speed and response required.

A great option is the Tama HP200PTW Iron Cobra 200, this is relatively cheap and comes from a really respected brand in this area.

Some more good news is that double kick pedals are almost always compatible with electronic and acoustic drum sets.

What type of beaters should I use?

This depends on the type of kick pad you own. Plastic beaters should ideally be used for mesh kick pads (such as those from Roland). Otherwise, you can use either plastic or felt heads on rubber drum pads. That’s a matter of personal preference.

Many drum beaters have both a felt side and a plastic side. You can just simply switch them around.

What type of bass drum pad do I need?

Your current bass drum might already be large enough to accommodate a double bass drum pedal.

If not, then check out the options below. All of these are large enough to accommodate most double kick pedals. These kick drum pads will work for both electronic drum sets and drum sample pads.

Many kick pads already support double bass drum pedals. You just need to make sure that the kick pad is wide enough for the two pedals.

Yamaha KP65 Electronic Drum Kick Tower

The Yamaha KP65 is a nice cheap option. I used one of these for quite a few months when I was on the road.

It’s nicely responsive and works exactly as expected.

It contains a rubber pad. I personally used this with felt beaters, as it’s a bit quieter than using the plastic ends.

 

 

Roland KD-9

Another option is the Roland KD-9. This is a bit more expensive than the Yamaha, but it’s really good and it’s considerably quieter.

This is because its head is cloth/mesh type material which does not output as much sound. I’d recommend using plastic beaters with these.

The KD-9 is quite common to find on mid-range Roland electronic drum sets.

 

Roland KD-120B

My last recommended option is the Roland KD-120B V-Kick Trigger Pad.

This is a high kick pedal which contains Roland’s full mesh head design. It’s a fantastic option if you have the budget, and it’s the largest of all of these kick pads, so it’s definitely big enough for double bass drum pedals.

Roland recommends not to use felt beaters on their mesh kick pads. This is because the felt could wear out the mesh, or vice versa. Plastic beaters work nicely on these pads.

 

Can I mix brands (e.g. Roland kick drum pad with an Alesis electronic drum set?)

Yes, kick pads are very standard. I’ve mixed and matched a few of these myself. For example, I used the Yamaha KP65 pad quite a lot with my Roland v-drums.

Learning how to use a double bass drum pedal

I can’t possibly explain the joy I felt the first time I got my hands on a double kick pedal. I could finally start to properly jam and practice songs by some of my drumming heroes.

So of course, the first time you start using these, you’ll try to get as much speed and sound as possible out of them.

However, after that, it’s worth taking a step back and starting from the basics.

A local drumming instructor once gave me a valuable piece of advice regarding using a double bass drum pedal: “Learn to walk before you run”. If you want to get good at using 2 kick pedals, you should practice your technique and independence gradually. This should be in a similar way to the method by which you improve the strength and independence of your hands.

Check out this great short video from Aaron Edgar demonstrating some easy double bass beats. All of these are also applicable to electronic drum sets.

Another very useful advanced double bass drumming method is the heel-toe technique, check out this great video by Derrick Pope if you’re interested in learning this advanced technique.

What’s my favorite song that uses a double bass drum?

I used to be a big metal fan when I was a teenager. The Slayer song, “raining blood” has a fast double bass drum solo that I think influenced a whole generation of young drummers to get a double pedal. Also, some iconic beats from Metallica’s song ‘One’ always spring to mind.

Neither of these are the best or most complex use of double bass drums, but they are always the ones that spring to my mind first as some of my favourite oldies.

However, it’s not just metal genres that use double pedals. For example, the great drummer Dom Famularo makes great use of a double bass drum pedal.

Summary

I hope his article has cleared things up regarding using double bass pedals for your electronic drum set.

Be sure to ask if you have any questions.

Happy double bass drumming!

Thanks as always,

Mike

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Drumeo Edge Review – Is It Worth It?

The process of becoming a well-versed drummer has always required regular practice, hard work and proper teaching methodic.  However, improving your drumming skills is much more different today than it used to be only a decade or two ago. Today you can learn from the best in the world through online tuition.

Drumeo is one of the most popular online drumming education hubs. This guide reviews what Drumeo offers to its subscribers through its Drumeo Edge

1)     Drumeo on the go

One of the most important features in every learning process is well-paced, gradual progress. Drumeo offers the right video lessons and tutorials for your level. Also, those video courses aren’t just randomly chosen, but they’re meticulously put together, so that they carefully pave the way for every new skill you acquire.

Moreover, becoming a part of the Drumeo drumming community means that you’ll always have someone to rely on in case you come across an obstacle in your playing practice. That way, you (literally) won’t miss a beat in your learning curve. This is extremely important, because having instructors and drumming advisers by your side all the time will give you inspiration and additional willpower to move on with your drumming effort.

Additionally, learning drumming via Drumeo will expose you to some of the most influential drumming performers of all times. The founder of the website, Jared Falk is constantly expanding the list of top-notch educators, raising the bar for the competition and providing the Drumeo students with first-class tuition.

Sign up for a free trail to Drumeo Edge

2)     Renowned drumming instructors

Just like every other famous school, Drumeo pays special attention to their educators. Taking the first look at its homepage reveals some drumming icons of the 20th and 21st century. This element of covering a wide range of generations is extremely important. It shows the intention of people behind Drumeo to connect players of different ages and styles. Here are only a few instructors, just to illustrate what drumming heroes Drumeo collaborates with.

Carmine Appice

One of the most influential prog rock drummers – the original drummer of Vanilla Fudge – and the member of the famous trio Beck, Bogert & Appice is one of the veteran contributors to the Drumeo website. He’s still active, both as a stage performer and as an educator. In this video you can see him showing us how to play some linear drum beats.

Antonio Sanchez

A highly praised Mexican drummer is one of the most important musicians on Drumeo. He has played with the likes of Chick Corea, Chris Potter, Pat Metheny and many other jazz musicians. Also, in 2014 he composed the soundtrack for the Birdman movie. Since 2002 he’s been the drummer of the Pat Metheny Group. See the video below to hear one of Antonio Sanchez’s drum solos available on Drumeo.

Peter Erskine

Another “baby boomer”, just like Carmine Appice, played an important drumming role in the 1970s, most notably as the drummer of Weather Report. After his tenure in this jazz fusion super group, he played in Steps Ahead. His long-term experience as a band drummer and a featured musician makes him a perfect choice for Drumeo lessons, like the one where he’s playing brushes in different music genres.

 

Daniel Glass

Daniel Glass is a genuine drumming scholar with a great blend of theory and practice. He’s been playing in the Royal Crown Revue swing band since 1994. What’s more, he’s also performed with a number of renowned artists, like Brian Setzer, Chita Rivera, Bette Middler and many others. Thanks to his knowledge of the history of American popular music and instruments in general – especially the development of drumming kits – and his on-stage experience, he’s an invaluable instructor for Drumeo.

 

3)     Drumeo cutting it to the chase

As you can see, many famous drummers have decided to show their skills on Drumeo. This is extremely important regarding students’ inspiration and enthusiasm.

No matter how enthusiastic you are about playing drums, too conventional a teacher might kill your zest. With Drumeo, you’re cutting it to the chase at once. The painstakingly created lessons on this website will help you immediately apply the newly acquired drumming skills on the real stuff.

That way, you won’t have to wait for dozens of lessons to play your favorite drum solo. On the contrary, your instructors are here to enable you to express your music preferences in your lessons.

What’s more, every student is given their own personalized learning plan, so that you always know where you are and where you’re going with your playing skills.

Further, the variety of drummers teaching on Drumeo will give you an insight into different music genres. As a result, you won’t only improve your drumming skills, but these lessons will fine-tune your general music affinities, as well.

 

4)     Give and get support from Drumeo community

The number of Drumeo followers and users is growing as we speak. The Drumeo YouTube Channel has about 652,000 subscribers, whereas their Instagram page is followed by 268,000 people.

Knowing that so many people support something you’re a part of is extremely important for your self-confidence.

First of all, being a part of that community means that you can always turn to someone and ask for clarification and support. Apart from your wealth of instructors on the website, many other attendees will follow your progress. For example, you can record yourself playing a lesson or a song and get comments from other students.

You’ll be able to get support for your efforts, but also to endorse other people who are trying to perfect their drumming skills.

 

Interested in trying Drumeo? Learn more and sign up for a free Drumeo Edge trial.

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The Top 4 Best Electronic Drum Machines

Electronic drum machines are an extremely popular tool in the arsenal of producers, DJs, and live performers.

These are actively used in musical styles that require solid drum rhythms. They are also favored by minimal music outfits and solo artists that do not have a drummer. These devices are also a lot more practical to transport around than a physical drum kit.

Despite the explosion in use of digital audio workstations and software-based instruments for live performance (such as Ableton Live or MASCHINE), standalone electronic drum machines still holds a very strong position in music scenes.

In addition to this, some drum machines nowadays (such as the Native Instruments and AKAI models below) are actually controllers for software-based instruments.

We’ve reviewed the top electronic drum machines on the market.

Electronic Drum MachineType 
Alesis SR 16
(editor's choice)
Standalone
Akai Professional MPD218Controller
Korg Volca Beats Analog Rhythm MachineStandalone
Native Instruments MASCHINE Mikro MK2Controller

In this article, you’ll have an opportunity to learn more about the basic technical specs of each of these machines. You will also find out more about their benefits and drawbacks.

Alesis SR 16

The Alesis SR 16 is one of the most popular rhythm machines ever produced. It is a standalone drum machine and has been actively used for twenty-seven years. Since its introduction in 1990 to the present time, this electronic drum machine has been developing simultaneously with the electronic music scene.

The Alesis SR 16 exhibits a trademark sound feature named Dynamic Articulation. This option enables musicians to change the built-in drum tones by playing it with different intensity.
You can use these sounds as dry tones or pair them with en-suite digital reverbs.

Speaking of the drum sounds contained in the Alesis SR 16, it’s important to mention that you can choose from the hand-picked selection of 233 natural drum sounds. This drum machine also brings 50 drum patterns that enable you to get started immediately.

This 24-bit electronic drumming kit is a great choice for smooth MIDI integration, with 120 sounds available through MIDI. You can create music in a completely personalized way by connecting a footswitch to the Alesis SR 16 and use its extra sensitive touchpads.

All these features in the hands (and feet) of creative sound artists can create original music with a strong personal touch.

Akai Professional MPD218

The next stop on our tour of best rhythm machines is the Akai Professional MPD218. Akai is a very well respected brand in music production.

If you opt for this electronic drum machine, you can count on 16 thick, conveniently organized MPC pads. Moreover, the Akai Professional MPD218 comes with 6 knobs and 48 pads altogether, which can be accessed through 3 banks.

Also, the pad controllers are arranged in a player-friendly way, so that the arranger can smoothly finger drum while making their own music.

As for the power supply, this drum machine can be directly connected to a computer via a USB-cable. There is no need for a separate AC-adapter.

The guys from Akai have bundled a plethora of free software packages along with this, including the Akai Pro MPC Essentials, Big Bank Universal Drums, Ableton Live Lite and SONiVOX Big Bank Cinematic Percussion from the Akai website.

Further, the Akai Professional MPD218 is compatible with all the major operating systems, so that you don’t have to install any additional drivers while connecting this electronic drum machine to your computer.

Note: this device is a MIDI controller and must be used in conjunction with a DAW. However, software is bundled with the device.

Korg Volca Beats Analog Rhythm Machine

The Korg Volca Beats Analog Rhythm Machine will satisfy the needs of electronic artists. It is a standalone electronic drum machine with a long tradition.

For starters, this electronic drum machine comes with a first-class step sequencer that will turn the editing experience into a seamless music joy.

Also, you can produce the notes you need to make music on this device with 16 different step keys. At the same time, you can follow the timing of every note, so as to stick with the rhythm and tempo of the track.

Regarding the PCM sound engine, its greatest benefit is the option to generate sounds like Claves, Agogo, Clap, and Crash, which don’t fit with the analog synth sound. Also, the ability to produce the appreciated lo-fi sound that was popular in the 1980s makes the Korg Volca Beats a true blast from the past.

The Korg Volca Beats can be loaded with your own rhythm samples, since it allows recording up to 10 instruments, creating distinctive polyphony.

A specific characteristic of this rhythm machine is its unique sound. It can be explained as a bit brassy, bassy and blaring. Therefore this may be more suitable to lovers of techno.

This device’s portability makes it a great choice. It can be powered by batteries as well as AC power. Also, it’s integrated speakers are a great benefit.

Native Instruments MASCHINE Mikro MK2

If you need an all-round electronic drum machine controller, the MASCHINE Mikro MK2 might be the perfect thing for you.

This controller can be used both as a top-notch sampler and a template-based sequencer. It’s more of a wide-range sound system than a classic rhythm machine. Also, it boasts a vast array of sounds effects and music samples made by professionals in real studios.

The MASCHINE Mikro MK 2 comes with a huge amount of sound data, i.e. 8 GB of sounds and samples made by sound engineers, artists, and musicians. That way, you can use the sounds of 388 instruments in multiple samples, 1,200 patterns, and more than 8,600 samples. The latter consist of 445 drum kits. As you can see, the number of possibilities provided by this electronic drum machine is immense.

Note: this device is a MIDI controller and is designed to be used in conjunction with MASCHINE software.

The Best Electronic Drum Machine

All of the drum machines above are great options. If you’re unsure which one to get, the Alesis SR16 won’t let you down. If you still haven’t used this gem of sound production, give it a try and produce some cool electronic music production.

Before picking a drum machine, make sure to ask yourself are you getting a standalone item or if the device must be used in conjunction with laptop software!

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The Best Roll Up Electronic Drum Kits 2018

Roll-up drum kits are a great option for drummers that are low on space, low on budget, in need of a quiet practice solution, or those who travel a lot.

These kits can be easily stored, folded, transported, and played on a tabletop or floor. They generally contain everything you need to get started, including foot pedals. You can also play using inbuilt speakers or connect your headphones for quiet practice.

Roll up drum sets are a great gift for both adult and kids that would like to practice and record playing drums.

MIDI roll-up kits allow you to connect your roll up drums to your laptop and record your beats. This can be great for tracking your practice, as well as recording into music production software.

These kits are also a great option to buy for kids to gauge their interest before investing in a full drum set.

Here is a comparison list of our best-recommended roll up drum kits:

The Best Roll Up Electronic Drum Kits

EDITOR'S CHOICE - with built in speakers, foot pedals, drum-sticks, and power supply, MIDI compatible
with foot pedals, drum-sticks, and power supply
similar model to the RockJam MIDI kit
great design, multiple battery power sources, lots of features
similar model to the RockJam MIDI kit

RockJam Electronic Roll Up MIDI Drum Kit (With Speakers)

The Rockjam MIDI roll-up drum kit is our top pick. This features 9 drum pads and two pedals. Drummers usually use at least one kick pedal and one hi-hat pedal, so this nicely replicates that experience.

This kit comes with everything you need to get you started. The pack includes the roll-up kit, drumsticks, power supply, and pedals.

It also contains a built-in speaker. There is also a headphone input so you can practice really quietly.

This kit can be connected to your computer via a USB connection using MIDI technology so you can record your playing.

This really is a great option for both beginners and experienced drummers that need a quick and portable way to practice their drumming.

This video below shows the RockJam electronic roll up kit really nicely. It shows the compact size of the kit, as well as being midi compatible so that it can optionally communicate with top of the range digital audio production software. Therefore at a cheap price, you really do get a lot of bang for your buck.

In the video below demonstrates this roll-up kit being used with a computer (using Ableton Live). However, this is not required to use the kit. All you need to do is plug and play, the MIDI options are only optional in case you want to get even more features out of this!

 

RockJam Electronic Roll Up Drum Kit (Without Speakers)

This roll-up kit is a more entry-level model. It does not contain a built-in speaker or a midi connection. However, if you only want quiet practice without recording then this would be a nice cheap option for you.

Note: You need headphones or speakers to use this roll-up drum kit. Check out the recommend set of headphones at the bottom of this article if you need to pick up a cheap set.

Here’s a video of this this. Keep in mind that you need external speakers to hear the drums.

 

Paxcess roll-up drum kit

Very similar to the RockJam MIDI model, the Paxcess roll-up drum kit is an affordable and convenient roll-up drum kit.

This portable, rechargeable kit pad has all the basic elements a drummer may need. There are three toms and one snare, as well as two bass drum pedals. As for the cymbals, it has one ride, one crash and one hi-hat cymbal pad.

You can use eight pre-recorded demo songs and three integrated rhythms, or try the MIDI features to connect it externally.

The rechargeable battery should last for about 10 hours when fully charged. You get an USB cable in the package, so charging is quite straightforward.

The 2x2W integrated speakers will meet the demands of basic home practice. They have an amplified bass sound and five different timbre modes.

If your living conditions require silent practicing, just plug in a pair of headphones and you can practice without disturbing your neighbours.

 

Roll-Up Drum Kit Portable Electronic Drum Set (Everyone Gain)

This is one of the best roll-up kits you can find, though it’s generally the most expensive one.

It has a great design and is packed with a lot of features.

With this set, you’ll get ten drum pads for convenient in-house or studio playing. So, you get three tom drums, the snare and two foot pedals (both bass and hi-hat). As for the cymbals, you can count on two crash cymbals, one open close hi-hat and one ride cymbal.

A nice part of the design is that every pad it named. This is a great option for beginners and kids, as you can learn and quickly identify what each pad triggers.

The Roll-up Drum Kit Portable Electronic Drum Set will provide you with eleven different accompaniments, nine integrated demo songs and three drum sound modes.

This set has built-in stereo speakers. It also offers four different power supply options. From the power adapter to the lithium battery, and from USB charging and three AA batteries, you’ll always have an alternative power supply solution.

This model has a well-organized control panel will help you set the desired modes in no time.

 

Pyle Electronic Roll Up MIDI Drum Kit

Pyle have two roll-up drum sets that very closely resemble the RockJam models.

Like most other roll-up drum kits, the Pyle Electronic Roll-Up MIDI Drum Kit comes with all the basic drumming pads, plus two foot pads (hi-had and bass).

For starters, you can use seven different sound types and twelve pre-recorded songs on this Pyle roll-up kit. What’s more, you can use the playback options to record your playing sessions.

When you get used to this set, the MIDI features included in this kit will come in handy. You can transfer the music files from this set to your computer and do some editing, composing or recording on your own. This is a great option for beginners – kids and adults alike – who are just entering the world of music production.

Unlike many other drum kids of this kind, the Pyle set enables you to switch to the percussion mode. You simply put your drum sticks aside and see how you can play with your bare hands.

If you want to hear how your drumming sounds out loud, this kit comes decent stereo speakers, or you can plug your headphones into the kit and play it anywhere you want to.

 

Once you’ve chosen a roll-up drum kit, it’s also well worth considering:

Rockstix 2 HD

Rockstix can add even more fun to playing, and kids really love them. These sticks emit light during drumming. In line with that, every single beat a player makes is accompanied with amusing light features. Plus, there are fadeout light effects, which will make drumming even more visually attractive.

The Rockstix 2 HD is also a durable pair of sticks. They’re made of polycarbonate.

They come in many different colors: blue, green, red, white, purple, orange and many others.

 

Kids and adults alike can feel like they’re both a drummer and a Jedi knight at the same time!

Behringer HPM1000 headphones

If you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful set of headphones, the Behringer HPM1000 headphones are a good popular option.

These are over-ear headphones and are good value for their price. However, audiophiles and those that are looking for very high quality sound should certainly invest more money in a higher quality set. Check out our article on the best headphones for electronic drumming to read more.

The Behringer HPM1000 headphones come with the 1/8’’ connector and the 1/4’’ adapter is included in the package.

Our Choice – The Best Roll Up Electronic Drum Sets:

The roll up drum kits mentioned in this article are among the best. There are many available on the market, but you will find that many of them are actually the same models under different brand names.

Either go for an option with speakers if you want more functionality, or go for a cheaper option if you have a lower budget.

If you’re unsure which one to buy, the RockJam MIDI roll-up kit will likely cover all bases.

RockJam MIDI roll-up kit

 

For a cool design, more features, and the option for battery power, the the roll-up kit sold by ‘Everyone Gain’ is a great option.

For a very cheap model, the RockJam set without speakers is a great choice. However, keep in mind that this model does not include built-in speakers. It also does not have MIDI capability to connect it to a computer.

I hope this article has cleared up your questions on the many roll-up drum sets available online.

Be sure to ask if you have any questions!

Thanks for reading,
Mike

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