Beginners’ Guide to Electronic Drumming


Guest author: Steven Wong

Steven Wong is an aspiring blogger and is looking out for more articles to write and share with the world. Coming from an acoustic drumming background, Steven is now “sold” on electronic drumming and aims to share more about it on his website on electronic drumming

Electronic drumming has come a long way since the 1970’s when it was first created and then, mass-marketed in the 1980’s. The early electronic drums, whilst successful,

were pretty much treated as sub-par when compared to acoustic drums. Yet, the benefits of electronic drums could not be understated. For the first time, drummers can practice in the comfort of their homes without disturbing the peace and quiet of the surrounding neighborhood.


Fast forward to today, electronic drums have seen drastic improvements. The advent of technology only means that today’s electronic drums can do so much more than acoustic ones. A low-end, sub $500 electronic drum set today could reproduce sounds of 10 different types of acoustic drums. For example, with the press of a button, the Yamaha DTX400K electronic drum set can reproduce the sounds of a Yamaha Maple Drum Kit. Another press of a button, and the same electronic drum set could sound like a Yamaha Studio Drum Kit. On mid-range models, one could program the electronic drum set to reproduce the sounds of shattering glass, a tower bell, a gunshot or any other sounds imaginable.

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The coming of age of the electronic drums is even more pronounced by the increasing number of professional drummers who use them. Some of the artists that used electronic drums are Rick Allen (from Def Leppard), Phil Collins, Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Roger Taylor (Queen) and more.

The next logical question would be whether the electronic drum set could really sound like an acoustic drum set? My answer to that question would be a resounding ‘Yes’! In fact, I think its even better sounding than a real drum set… for a beginner, that is.

Why?

Well an acoustic drum set needs to be tuned. And if one is new to drumming, tuning the drum set is not that straightforward. In the case of an electronic drum set, there is no tuning required, as it would have already come with the sounds of a well-balanced and tuned acoustic drum set. The sounds reproduced are the exact sounds recorded from a real drum set that has been professionally tuned.

To understand this further, lets take a look at the construct and the components of an electronic drum set.

A standard electronic drum set is constructed to match a standard 5-piece acoustic drum set. In a standard 5-piece acoustic set, there will be:

  • a Snare Drum
  • a High-Tom Drum
  • a Low-Tom Drum
  • a Floor-Tom Drum
  • a Bass-Drum
  • a Hi-Hat
  • a Crash Cymbal
  • a Ride Cymbal

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