Getting Back Into Playing the Drums

There’s no feeling in the world like playing the drums. 
Once it gets in your bones, the tribal urge to drum is something that never leaves. 

With life’s everyday challenges and distractions, drumming forms a bedrock and sets in motion
a lifelong journey of self-improvement, enjoyment, and constant focus. 

The way drumming engages the entire body and mind makes it such a physically and mentally rewarding activity
for people of any age, gender, and cultural background.

Getting back into drums and drumming

I was attracted to drumming from as far back as I can remember. The way they looked, the power and noise and physicality of drumming. It was all I really wanted to do even as a small child along with being an F1 driver and a firetruck. You read that right, not a fireman, a firetrack but I digress.

As a kid of the 70’s, my super hero was Animal from the muppets. I remember taping the episode with Buddy Rich on a little tape deck shoved right up to the TV speaker and listening to their playing over and over trying to work out how they were doing those things with the sticks. I still have that tape!

Choosing an electronic drum kit

If you already have an acoustic kit, you won’t believe how much more time you will spend playing and developing your playing skills on an electronic drum kit. The compact size and adaptability will mean you’ll use it in ways you never imagined.

Regardless of your level of experience, or what you’re trying to get out of your current drumming experience, the Roland V-Drums range offers the best solution when choosing an electronic drum kit. All you need to do is work out which kit is the right one for you.

Beyond the Beginner

Beyond the beginner - improve your drumming

You’ve played the rubber pads, you know your singles from your doubles, and your paradiddles are on fire. You’re ready for the next step. But what is that next step exactly?

Pretty much every drummer, at some point in the journey, questions where to go next with their playing. Like going to the gym, we see an initial improvement and results pretty quickly – there’s instant gratification. After a while, improvements are much more gradual and the effort required for further development is much greater.

Here are some ways to challenge yourself and improve your playing as you move beyond the basics.

Make your drum practice more effective

Some drummers can’t get enough practice. For others, practice consists of a couple of stick hits on the dressing room door before they walk on the stage.

Either way, your practice can be more productive if you give it some structure and build in an element of fun.

If you’re tempted to plug your iPod into the ‘mix in’ socket and play along to Dave Grohl’s finest licks the second you sit behind the kit, try to hold off until later on in the practice session. Although it’s fun, you’re likely to play along to tracks for the remainder of your session without achieving a great deal.

Deep Purple's Ian Page talks V-Drums

Ian Paice remembers the bad old days of digital drums. A time when the latency of lesser kits killed the groove. An age when dodgy triggering made audiences wince. But that was before the Deep Purple drum god pulled up a stool at the Roland TD-30KV.

“I came across Roland’s V-Drums,” he explains in this exclusive video interview, “and I was absolutely blown away.”

As a founder member when Deep Purple set out in 1968, Ian has always been renowned for his world-class feel, which moves from a savage smash to a nuanced tickle. For him, a key advantage of the Roland TD-30KV is the ultra-sensitive triggering. 

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Created by Roland V-Drums specialist Simon Ayton, these patches were designed using the internal factory sounds and many of the techniques covered in the TD-50 guide. Enjoy exploring the possibilities!