Top 10 Drum Accessories
In addition to the basic 5 piece drum set, drummers need toys. Lots of toys.
Here are some of my favorite drum accessories. Follow the links to find them conveniently on Amazon.
This is used to mount instruments like blocks, cowbells, and jingles in place to be played with a foot pedal. The feet have spikes that can be adjusted in and out of the rubber pads. The height of the mount can also be adjusted, plus the feet can be elevated to tilt the instrument forward. I own two and am very happy with them.
With two playing surfaces, you can practice with more variety. The twelve inch size is perfect. Keep in mind that you'll have to mount this on a snare stand or set it on a table. It won't screw into a cymbal stand. Check out the Ludwig P4 Practice Pad if you want to mount your pad onto a cymbal stand.
You NEED hearing protection in order to be a drummer. However, foam earplugs and giant earmuffs ruin the detail. These earplugs allow much more detail through than any others I've tried. I keep a pair in my drum bag, a pair on my desk, a pair in my car, and a pair in my backpack!
These aren't your average headphones. These are not only the most accurate headphones in their class (flat response), they also provide more isolation than any other headphone on the market. In fact, the isolation is better than custom fit ear molds (which you can purchase for these if you like). I use these for both general listening, and while I'm practicing. Whether I'm plugging them into my metronome or into my music player, I can always get a great balance between my playing and the sound coming through the headphones. The sound is absolutely gorgeous, even without an amplifier! 10/10.
I use this bag to carry all the small hardware items I need for gigging. I call this 'the stick bag of champions.' Cymbal sleeves, practice pads, sticks, beaters, you name it - it all goes in here. The pockets on the front can be convenient for holding sticks - while you're playing, just set the bag next to you and sticks are easily within reach. Very sturdy as you would expect from this company.
Nothing is more frustrating than a snare throw that sticks. This one won't!
I own a complete set of SKB cases and would not consider purchasing any other brand. Bags are not going to offer the protection you need when other people are moving your drums.
Mandatory if you need to practice you double pedal technique without too much noise. Even if you have the space to make noise, sometimes it's nice just to sit down and work on this pad rather than pound your brains out.
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This makes tuning a bit faster. If you're just learning, this will make you much more confident that you're getting the tension even between lugs.