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EAR PROTECTION and HEARING LOSS

 

Most percussion instruments produce a lot of sound when played loudly. The first part of the sound (impact) contains a lot of energy which can be harmful to a player’s ears. A lot of older drummers have problems with their ears - especially the left one which gets most of the Hi Hat and Snare drum sound but both are often affected.

 

To avoid future hearing loss, pain and tinnitus (horrible permanent ringing in the ears) I am asking all pupils to address this problem by purchasing appropriate hearing protection.

 

 

WHAT TO BUY

 

There are 2 main types of protection;

Ear Defenders – Headphone style that seal the whole of the ear completely (used by people working with heavy machinery, pneumatic drills etc), or

 

Ear Plugs which are inserted into the first part of the ear.

 

Ear plugs are the most practical option. A lot of ear plugs (such as the yellow soft foam ones you find in chemists) seal off sound completely; which is no good if you want to hear what you and other musicians are playing!

 

EAR PLUGS FOR MUSICIANS

Fortunately some companies produce specialised earplugs for musicians. These reduce the sound without cutting it all out (it’s like having the volume turned down); and are the type we need. I use EAR20 plugs for gigs (and teaching) and find them very comfortable and good at stopping my ears from ringing and hurting. I also use Alpine ones which are adjustable for loudness. Most earplugs are made for adults but some are made for children and people with smaller ears. You can even get customised ones made specially to fit your ears but these are very expensive. Once you have chosen which you would like, do shop around (the prices vary a lot for the same brands); I ended up getting mine on Amazon.

 

Ear Plugs are easy to use and will keep your child’s hearing safe.

At first they will play louder because it sounds quieter to them but I’m sure you will be able to encourage them to quieten down!

 

 

For more advice try the Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID) website and/or the Musician’s Union (click on advice - health and safety section) website. D

 

 

 DD

 

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 BOOKS STICKS and EXTRAS 

 

NEW STUDENTS STARTING ON DRUM KIT NEED TO GET THE ITEMS MARKED IN YELLOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE PLEASE.

 

·                     Advanced technique for the modern drummer by Jim Chapin

 

·                     50 Short pieces for Timpani by Keith Bartlett

 

·                     Rockschool Drums grade ......

                                                                                       

 

·                     Play Percussion; 50 short pieces for tuned Percussion by Keith Bartlett

 

·                     Modern school for Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone by Morris Goldenberg

 

·                     The Art of Bop Drumming vol 1 by John Riley

 

·                     Stick Control for the snare drummer by George Lawrence Stone

 

·                     Groove Essentials 1.0  by Tommy Igoe (book and CD - NOT the DVD set)

 

·                     Latin American Percussion by Birger Sulsbruck

 

These books are available online at Musicroom.com, Amazon, or from the major drum stores such as Foote’s   0207-734-1822          or Wembley Drum Centre    0208-795-4001         

 

STICKS AND BEATERS;

·           Drum students need a pair of……………….. drumsticks by Vic Firth  BEGINNERS NEED A CHEAP PAIR OF SIZE 7 OR 8 (NOT NECESSARILY VIC FIRTH) TO START WITH.

 

·           For Timpani students will need a pair of medium Timpani Sticks by Chaulklin.

           Later on you will also need pairs of soft and hard beaters too.

 

·                     Xylophone students will need a pair of medium/hard beaters by Chaulklin.

 

 

 

 

METRONOME and HEARING PROTECTION;

ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE THEIR OWN MUSICIANS EARPLUGS AND BASIC ELECTRONIC METRONOME.  Avoid the ones combined with tuners; unless you’re a string player you won’t need it and they cost more.

 

You will also need to bring a A5 HARDBACK note book for lesson notes.

 
 
 
 
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PURCHASING A DRUM KIT

 

Here are a few pointers to help you purchase a suitable drum kit

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The kit should include;

Bass Drum and pedal,      

Hi Hat stand and cymbals,     

Snare Drum and stand

High, Medium and Low (floor) Tom Toms (one of each)

Crash Cymbal and stand,  

Ride Cymbal and stand

Drum stool   (some cheap kits don’t include ride cymbal (and stand) and stool in package – these are needed)

 

 

 

DRUM MANUFACTURERS

 

There are 2 main groups of instrument makers for drums;

        

         Cheap kits aimed at the beginners market

        

          Main manufacturers.

 

Avoid the 1st type because they are usually of poor quality and sound and, as the student progresses, the need for a better kit will happen much sooner. I also feel that playing on a good instrument improves your playing and enthusiasm to practice.

 

The main drum manufacturers are;

PEARL,  PREMIER, YAMAHA,  GRETCH,  LUDWIG,  MAPEX,  SONOR,  TAMA.

Most of these companies make a whole range of good quality products, including lower priced beginner level kits.

 

 

 

 

CYMBAL MANUFACTURERS

The same principles for buying from reputable drum companies also works for makers of cymbals.

 

The main makers are;

 

ZILDJAN, SABIAN, PAISTE MEINL, WUHAN AND ISTANBUL 

 

Buying Second Hand – be very careful!

When buying second hand check for damage on the bodies of the drums (shells). Drums should be perfectly round not slightly oval!!

 

Heavily marked or pitted drum skins (heads) aren't a problem because you can buy replacements, but pits probably indicate that the kit hasn't been well looked after.

 

Make sure that the stands, pedals and bass drum legs aren't rusty and that all the stand joints work so that they can be fully adjusted. Try them all out including the floor tom tom's 3 legs. 

Pedals should have working springs.

 

Check all cymbals for damage from misuse and bad playing; they can crack on the edge and/or around the centre hole (take them off the stand to check).ou wish.

 
 
 
 

 
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