In the previous article, we were introduced to the Drum Practice Pad – an item that most drummers swear is important to the growth and development of a drummer.
After a quick research about the surfaces, sound levels and feel of the various practice pads in the market at the point of writing, I went ahead and purchased the: Vic Firth 6″ Double Sided Practice Pad.
So….now I’m waiting for it to arrive.
What’s a new drummer gonna do to start drumming while waiting?!?! *bangs head in boredom*
Alternatives to a Drum Practice Pad
To kill boredom and to start some form of practice and drum training, I found some alternatives to a drum practice pad while I wait! If you are in the same, painful state as I am, here are some alternatives you can consider!!
Thick Books / A Stack of Magazines
The bounce on these is horrible. But, the wise drummers on forums argue that practice pads with less bounce helps a drummer to build arm strength while training. I guess it has it’s advantages then.
I’m using a stack of old magazines I found lying around at home. Before you start hitting these tape them together to prevent them from shifting around as you go crazy with your drum rudiments (not that I didn’t think of that before practicing…)
Get ready to change the magazine on the top depending on your strength. I left dents on mine, but I can imagine anyone who is hitting those with greater strength can actually create tears on the surface.
Still Waiting on my Drum Practice Pad…