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When is it Time to Buy a Drum Set?

Updated: Feb 15, 2019

By: Asa Holgate


If you have recently started taking formal lessons, then you are already on the right path.


I have had students who purchased or were given the instrument prior to lessons and those who take a few lessons before investing in a drum set. Neither student ultimately sees any advantage in their early development; real advantage comes purely from dedication and disciplined study.


The most important part of my students' early instruction covers how to properly hold their sticks and utilizes exercises that can be played on a snare drum or practice pad; I would recommend that at the very least every student have both a pair of sticks and a practice pad from the beginning.




That being said, there does come a time when lessons progress to involve the drum set, and while I do have students that advance week to week without the reinforcement of practice outside of their lessons, most students' progress will benefit from having an instrument to practice on at home.


Unlike the majority of orchestra and band instruments, those who study percussion won't find rental opportunities as commonly. Most parents want so see the commitment of buying a musical instrument matched by their children's commitment to practice. My advice would be to invest in lessons first and be ready to make a purchase within two to three months if your child shows sustained interest.


Remember, even a year or two of study can have a lasting positive impact on your child's development that reaches well beyond their musical endeavors.


Asa has over fifteen years experience as both a professional performer and instructor. He holds a Music degree from the University of New Orleans. In addition to teaching privately, he has served as percussion coach for the Youth Orchestras of the Lowcountry and a substitute Drum Instructor at the College of Charleston. While a student at University of New Orleans, Asa was selected to teach and perform for over two weeks at the 9th Annual JAZZ Workshop in Innsbruck, Austria. He has performed at multiple festivals including Reno Jazz Festival, MOJA Arts Festival, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Asa has performed for theatre productions of West Side Story and Le Petit Prince, toured with rock bands, and spent three years traveling and performing aboard cruise ships in both jazz trio and show band settings. Since returning to Charleston, he has maintained a steady schedule performing five nights a week. Asa's lessons focus on building a solid foundation by teaching both reading and technique while working with students to create an individualized curriculum specific to their goals as musicians. His personal studies have covered a wide range of musical styles; Asa is a perpetual student engaged in a continuous pursuit of new styles and approaches to his instrument. 

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