A new drum student got her first drum kit today. An Alesis Nitro Kit. She is eager and ready to rock. We started by getting the kit set up at the correct height for her. Previously we had started with some drum pad work, so she has a basic knowledge of how to hold the sticks. Her years of piano lessons had prepared her for this adventure.
We worked on Believer by Imagine Dragons.
Next week we start with the Hal Leonard drum book for kids. Plus, each week we will address her musical interests. This will be fun. After she is hooked and has acquired some basic skills, we'll start in on more sophisticated snare drum work.
Some tips from a music teacher with decades of experience. Here they are in no particular order.
There are lots of thoughts out there on this subject. Should I sit high/low, sideways?(just kidding). Should my cymbals be high/low? I won't settle that here, but I invite you to check out https://drummagazine.com/how-to-set-up-your-drum-kit-for-comfort-and-efficiency/
Last night I dreamed I met Billy Cobham on the bus. He was living in Toronto, we struck up a conversation, hit it off right away. Two musicians sharing stories: journeyman/master. He sets up like this: HIgh.
Travis Barker of the rock band Blink -182 sets up like this: Low
So, please have a look at the article through the link above. Today, I will be exploring some alternative set-ups on my kits. myself.
The goal is comfort and and ergonomically healthy set up.
David Story, drummer, pianist, qualified online music teacher