It’s finally here! Ok, I actually got it a few weeks back, but was busy playing with it instead of updating DrummingBasics.com
Vic Firth Drum Practice Pad – 6 inches, Single side
The estimated shipping time from Amazon (to Singapore) was quite long as I had chosen with the cheaper shipping option. Hence, I decided to purchase the Vic Firth Drum Practice Pad from a local store instead. Unfortunately, I could only find a 6 inch, single-sided drum pad, instead of the intended double-sided drum practice pad.
So here’s my review of the Vic Firth 6 inch Drum Practice Pad instead.
At 6 inches, this drum pad is easy to carry around. It weighs about 500g (or 1.1 pounds) and feels sturdy. If you are restricted to a small space to practice, this size is perfect. Otherwise, it is good to consider the 12 inch version.
(Amazon states that its dimension is: 8.2 x 7.1 x 1 inches – about 21 x 18 x 2.5 cm)
At the start, my sticks would hit each other while I was practicing on the practice pad. But this only occurs when my arm positions were awkward. Maybe it’s a good way to correct my drumming posture. 😛
Whenever I wish to practice, all I’d need to do is to shift my keyboard to the back and it fits perfectly. Do pick a suitable size based on the space you have to practice.
This is the view from the side. The padding looks thick and is rather hard, giving a good rebound when hitting with a drum stick.
If you have tried any of the methods in my previous article on the ‘Alternatives to a Drum Practice Pad‘, you would experience the same degree of appreciation I have for an actual drum practice pad.
The bounce and rebound of the sticks on the surface of the Vic Firth Drum Practice Pad beats all the other alternatives I could think off. (I’m glad I finally got my hands on it)
Here’s a short video to hopefully give you an idea of the bounce and feel of the drum practice pad.
I tend to simple place the practice pad on my table.
NOTE: I find it more comfortable to practice on the practice pad when it is placed on a sturdy surface. Placing it on the bed causes the drum pad to shift as I practiced.
I will share some of the key pointers to note when practicing on a drum pad in the next post! Till then, happy drumming!