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  • Anyone use a practice pad frequently?

    I'm thinking about buying one just to practice the basic rolls, rudiments, etc when I can't get to playing my kit for some reason. The big reason I can think of is school and late at night. I think it would help a bit if I had something to practice is while I was gone for 8 months of the year, or when I'm bored at 2 in the morning. Does anyone use one?
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  • #2
    Yup, but I just use electronic drum pads turned off. It's nice to have practice pad as a full kit can be too tempting when you want to practice one really boring thing.

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    • #3
      Yup, but I just use electronic drum pads turned off. It's nice to have practice pad as a full kit can be too tempting when you want to practice one really boring thing.


      I agree, but I can't fit a drum kit in a dorm room.... unless I lose the bed.
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      • #4
        Save your money and grab a phone book.

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        • #5
          I used a practice pad very often until I bought an electric set with mesh heads. I also have some remo practice putty that lays out flat on a table, works okay.

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          • #6
            Not like practice pads cost a lot of money.
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            • #7
              I have a 12' VF and the DW practice pad kit. Don't use them as much as I should, but I notice that when I do... my chops are better.
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              • #8
                I have a 12' VF and the DW practice pad kit. Don't use them as much as I should, but I notice that when I do... my chops are better.


                I was just looking at the 12' VF pad. I think I'll grab it later this week. It will give me something to do while I'm surfing HC at 11:11 PM
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                • #9
                  Real feel.

                  Worth the money.

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                  • #10
                    I use one almost every day. I do a lot of rudimental stuff so I'm always workin' on rolls and such. When I travel I take it and some sticks along. If I get a delay or have time I'll find a terminal without a lot of people and play.

                    I have a Promark XPAD. It's good. A little mushier than I'd like, but good. The cool thing about it is it sounds like a snare drum. There are others that do too.

                    Pads are great.
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                    • #11
                      I'm on my practice pad more than I am my actual kit. I'm very much a rudimental drummer, though, and I have to focus on that stuff for marching band/drumline. I know for a fact that it has helped my kit playing immensely, though.


                      ALSO! Don't buy a Vic Firth practice pad. That's the one I have and it sucks compared to the Real Feel pads. They are about 10 bucks more expensive (last I checked...) but totally worth it. The Red Vater pads are probably your best bet, though. They have the most rebound and best overall feel and sound. I think they might actually be cheaper than the Real feels, too.

                      ALSO! Make sure you buy a pad that is double-sided. Don't buy one of those single sided pads. BOth the soft and hard side have good applications. The soft side builds technique while the hard side builds chops.

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                      • #12
                        i just stick to the old regular rubber pad...its soft, gives a nice bounce, and lets face it....it sounds awesome lol. i use it quite often especially when i go out for trips and i cant take my kit....
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                        • #13
                          I try to use one everyday.
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                          • #14
                            Is buying a pad that actually SOUNDS like a snare really worth it? If I wanted a snare sound, I would buy a snare... but I want a practice pad. I think the HQ RealFeel looks the best imo. 12', double-sided, and "Real Feel!"


                            I try to use one everyday.


                            Care to say what you use?
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                            • #15
                              I glued a 12"x1" slice of gum rubber to a 14" piece of pine.
                              Pretty slammin' imo.

                              I'd say pick up a copy of The All-American Drummer when you grab your pad. Will improve anyone's chops, regardless of skill level. You'll be amazed at what you do to your set when you come home from school.
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