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Ultimate Guide to Buying Electronic Drums

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Every drummer or live studio will tell you what makes their music tick; the quality of their drums. Electronic drums are the ultimate must-have for drummers; wanna-be’s or professionals. They are the secret to making heads turn to them when their drum rolls. And while it’s said that there’s no limit to what money can buy, quality does not solely rely in purchasing power. Having done my research well, I’ve documented here the most important things to consider when shopping for the right electronic drums. The points will also apply when looking for the best violin brands.

  • The Electric Drum Kit Vs the Acoustic Drum Kit
  • How Rubber Pads and Mesh Heads Will Determine the Ultimate Price
  • Why You Should Purchase an Electronic Drum Kit

The Electric Drum Kit Vs the Acoustic Drum Kit

Many people, especially those starting drumming lessons, are always torn between learning to play the electric drum or the acoustic drum. While I cannot make the ultimate decision for anyone, I will enlighten you on their differences to help you make a more informed choice.

Sound Module

Electronic drums consist of a rubber pad or mesh head with a sensor beneath it. The sensor transmits a voltage value to a sound module, often called brain, which in turn prompts a particular sound. The sound module also works to decipher the quality of the strike to produce a softer or louder effect. An electronic drum and cymbal pads can have two or three sensors. This makes them capable of producing more than one sound for example a bell, bow or edge hit sound.

Unlike the electronic drum, you will have to set up cymbals, snares and other percussion instruments while using the acoustic drum set. This means that you will hear the sounds you play at a distance and not bare knuckled like you would the electric one. However, acoustic drums are way louder than a bomb that’s gone off as they luck drums sound isolation boards and noise-reducing pedals found in electric drums. And although one needs an amplifier to broadcast sound output to a larger scale, beginners or players in grumpy neighbourhoods should take the electric drum sets as their better choice.

In-Built Features

Built in features such as metronomes and multiple drum kit sounds are features the electric drums have been praised for. Both percussionists and acoustic players agree that these features make it especially easy to practise and experiment individual playing sounds and styles. This also makes it particularly a lot easier for acoustic players to transition to playing electronic drums. High end electric drums have in-built recording equipment which is a hands-on tool for people doing practice or in writing sessions.

Stick-Bounce and MIDI Triggers

The ease in playing a drum is largely reliant on the simplicity in hitting it. Since rubber pads in electric drums are hardly strained, they give more stick bounce and therefore easier to play. They also have MIDI performance controllers that only need to be adjusted by sound engineers and one is ready to go. The trigger pads are however insensitive to touch and have tempos that can be challenging to adjust but these are components that only need time and practice to get used to. Acoustic players argue that you can simply install MIDI triggers in the acoustic drum set, and you can, but it will obviously not have the same feel. Besides, this will mean added weight for your drum set.

Pad Feels and Mesh Heads

There are of course so many components of acoustic ‘real’ drum sets that can’t be recreated electronically. One of these is the pad and the mesh in the acoustic drums. The pads in the electric drums have a peculiar feel and their mesh heads give room for experimentation. Unlike in the acoustic drums, rubber pads and mesh heads in electric drums need recurrent adjustments because of the variation in the attacks, rebounds and overall stick response.

Even after this highlight with comparisons, you may still be rubbing your temples over which one is better, acoustic or electric drums. In making that choice for you, I will be inequitable. Read on and maybe by the end of it you will decide which one wins.

How Rubber Pads and Mesh Heads Will Determine the Ultimate Price

Traditional electronic drums, like those of Simmons, took a paradigm shift to a rubber practise pad from the MIDI designs. And after Roland introduced mesh heads, electronic drums escalated to a whole new level. These new inputs are not only praised for versatility but the mesh heads that are said to imitate acoustic drum heads have made electronic drums more desirable.

Pros for the Electronic Rubber Pads

Cost friendly

You do not have to dig deep into your pockets to afford rubber pads for your ‘machine’. For less than $500, you can get a kit with pads at Sweetwater. Even better, dual-trigger pads will only see you $100 ‘poorer’.

Versatility

Unlike traditional pads, the new age pads are rebound and with a natural stick bounce. This therefore means you can play for longer without getting overly exhausted.

Uniformity

One component that ruffled waters in electronic drums, especially for staunch acoustic players, was the poor pad response. Well, several improvements have seen flexibility in the pad response. This consistence has improved the overall rating of electronic drums.

Portability

The new age pads are much easier to fit in. This means if one needs to add electronic sounds to their acoustic drums, they don’t have to worry about space or weight. These pads can be closely packed anywhere on your acoustic drums.

Pros for the Mesh Heads

Sensitivity

Modules make varying sounds on the basis of where you strike. With the right combination of a module that supports these features, mesh head controllers remit a wider range of sounds. Some heads could even play you brush sweeps if you have the right sound module.

Flexibility

One thing that strikes about modern mesh heads is how easy it is to adjust their rebound and feel to achieve the desired snare. You even have a choice for electric percussion. It all depends on your needs, expectations and most importantly, your budget.

Natural

For those hell bent on having a ‘real drum’ feel, the mesh heads will not let you down. They are the closest you could get to traditional drum head, feel and rebound.

Triggers

Triggers transmit stick hits to the sound module. They are found resting against the heads on the rims of acoustic kits. Because of triggers, you get to have an infinite choice of drum and percussion while feeling like you’re playing your normal drum. Triggers will also enable you to record your performance as MIDI data so you can play around with sounds later while mixing.

Drum Machines

Drum machines, having been a component for Hip Hop for over 30 years, have never run out of demand. One-man-bands mostly make use of them in the rhythm section, and singer/songwriters who have no desire to learn how to program the drum also use them. Bass players, guitarists and keyboardists have also increased the demand for drum machines as they use them as a practice tool.

Why You Should Purchase an Electronic Drum Kit

Unlike the keyboard and the guitar, drum technology took long to evolve, and even longer for drummers to embrace. Yet, even with the unresolved challenges in the technology, the potential that it presents in insurmountable. Here’s why having an electronic drum will turn around your capabilities.

It is Convenient

While critics have noted that electronic drums are not exactly ‘quiet’ they agree that it gives a lot less disturbance. The built-in features like metronomes and the extra input pots allow players to plug in CD or MP3 players when they need to practice specific songs. The headphones that the electronic kit comes with also allows for a pad-quiet play.

It is portable and compact

Unlike traditional drums that need planning in order to be moved from one location to the other, electronic drums can be carried along on the go. Being removable gives one the freedom to pack them in any comfortable bag. Storing them while on the move is also not a task because they don’t occupy much space.

It gives a ‘real drum’ feeling

While cheap electronic drums will not give you the satisfaction that comes with playing a real drum, there are kits that will copy the feel of acoustic drums. The mesh heads, just like traditional drum skin, and the flexible rubber pads will impress your fingertips.  Even better, you don’t need a collection of acoustic kits; you only need to stick with your module set up.

Unlimited sound for live performance

Most one-man bands are always worried about the drum output for their live gigs.  They get timid when invited to concerts in quiet neighbourhoods. Now all these worries can be thrown out the window because of the near-silent pads. In addition to less disarray of stands and other equipment, one is also able to play with ought a microphone. The amplifier that comes with the electric kit also makes it easy to vary the amount and quality of sound while you play.

Does the deal sound too good? Your jaw is about to drop wider when you see the range of electronic drum kits at Sweetwater. Here, you have unlimited option from Roland to Yamaha and even Alesis!

Use Music to Enhance Your Everyday Life

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playing musicIn today’s hectic world, it’s easy to get stressed and anxious. You don’t jump out of bed every morning while the day’s chores hang over you like a big black cloud. The work you must accomplish, whether it’s at an employer’s desk or at home seems insurmountable. You may wonder how you are ever going to survive.

If this sounds like you, then you are overlooking the greatest thing ever that can help you through your days and improve your outlook on life. You want something that will return you to the happy and energetic person you once were. You can use music to enhance your life. Music has long been recognized that it has an effect on our emotions. Some genres making us calm while others give us energy and enthusiasm, lifting our hearts into a happy state.

Music is therapeutic. For example, the best white noise machines have music that make you sleep fast.

If you are upset or exhausted, play music that’s recorded for meditation purposes. This is important even if you don’t actually sit down and meditate. You might listen to it on your commute from the office to home, or in the kitchen as background music when your hungry kids are fighting as you attempt to get dinner on the table.

Wear noise cancelling ear plugs if you have to drown out the sound of the TV or other distressing sounds. Research has shown that meditation music plays at about 60 beats per minute. This promotes alpha waves on both sides of the brain, facilitating a calming and relaxing atmosphere. Your heart rate will actually be lower.

Other music which will relax you includes spa music. This music is easily available on CDs at your favourite record shop or online. Music at this speed promotes a feeling of well-being and creativity, and heals your soul of whatever is ailing it. It helps to balance the bombardment of fatigue, annoyance. I am sure if I visit a spas or nail shops open near me, I can get some of the CDs.

If you are a university or college student or have to study new procedures at your work, you can enhance your learning experience by listening to classical music. Recently a pop psychology book by Don Campbell called “The Mozart Effect: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the Mind and Unlock the Creative Spirit” alerted social scientists to the ability to actually increase one’s IQ by listening to classical music, in this case, the music of Mozart. Increased memory, concentration, and strengthening thinking skills have all been associated with this practice. Subsequent tests also confirmed the use of music, classical or otherwise, contributed to “white noise” which blocked out any distractions that might hinder the student’s concentration, greatly aiding in the study process.

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If you need to tackle a big housecleaning job or overhaul your filing system at work, don’t overlook the benefits of playing upbeat music that energizes you. A Latin beat produces a steady rhythm which produces a pleasing emotional response. If Christmas music is your favourite genre, ignore the calendar, and play your CDs or iPod, singing along lustily, whether it’s August or February. And if you need motivation to exercise, there are plenty of music selections that will get your feet moving.

If you had music lessons as a child, why not consider buying an inexpensive keyboard and a couple of easy adult books and getting back into making your own music. Not only will you soon be playing the songs of your own choice, but for that half-hour or hour that you are practicing, you will be forgetting all the cares of the day. What a wonderful gift you have given yourself! And even if you didn’t take music lessons as a youngster, it’s never too late to start. Look in your classified ads for a teacher who is willing to take on adult students and start yourself on an exciting hobby that will bring you many years of pleasure. The hobby can also increase your  confidence and self-satisfaction that comes with learning a new skill.

No matter what emotion you are experiencing, there is a type of music that can cheer you up or calm you down. Start exploring how to use music to make your life richer and more enjoyable. You owe it to yourself to look forward to the dawning of every day and to go to bed every night pleased with yourself and the accomplishments you’ve achieved. Music is the tool that can get you there.

50 Easy Bass Guitar Rock Songs For Beginners

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The problem that most beginners on the bass guitar have is that transitioning from novice to being able to play their favourite songs can take a long time. In this post, I’m going to solve this problem by providing a list of rock songs for bass guitar that are:

  • Fun to play
  • Easy to learn
  • Famous and popular

This list represents years of teaching simple songs that are fun and easy to play while also being recognizable to the average listener. Many band members, including Mark from Observe Effect band, started by learning these simple songs. I’ve avoided the temptation to list a load of obscure blues and folk tunes that are easy but unknown to most people.

The songs are presented in alphabetical order by the artist name and are all ones that have been requested by former students at one time or another, and scribbled in my manuscript book.

That being said, have fun and happy learning. Make sure your roommate has the best ear plugs for sleeping if you will be practicing some of the songs in the dorm room.

 

  1. AC/DC – Highway To Hell
  2. AC/DC – Shook Me All Night Long
  3. Albert King – Born Under A Bad Sign
  4. Alice Cooper – Schools Out
  5. Another One Bites The Dust -Queen
  6. BB King – Woke Up This Morning
  7. Ben E King – Stand By Me
  8. Black Flag – White Minority
  9. Black Sabbath – Paranoid
  10. Blink 182 – All The Small Things
  11. Blink 182 – What’s My Age Again
  12. Bob Marley – Could You Be Loved
  13. Bob Marley – Easy Skanking
  14. Bob Marley – Get Up Stand Up
  15. Bob Marley – Jamming
  16. Bob Marley – One Love
  17. Bob Marley – Stir It Up
  18. Bobby Fullerton – I Fought The Law
  19. Bon Jovi – Bad Medicine
  20. CCR – Down On The Corner
  21. CCR – Fortunate Son
  22. Green Day – Longview
  23. Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl
  24. Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze
  25. Jimi Hendrix – Third Stone From The Sun
  26. Limp Bizkit – Re-Arranged
  27. Micheal Jackson – Billie Jean
  28. Nirvana – Dive
  29. Nirvana – In Bloom
  30. Nirvana – Lithium
  31. Nirvana – Lounge Act
  32. Nirvana – Sliver
  33. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Snow (Hey Oh)
  34. The Beach Boys – California Girls
  35. The Beach Boys – Surfin Usa
  36. The Beatles – 8 Days A Week
  37. The Beatles – Ballad Of John And Yoko
  38. The Beatles – Birthday
  39. The Beatles – Can’t Buy Me Love
  40. The Beatles – Come Together
  41. The Beatles – Come Together
  42. The Beatles – Day Tripper
  43. The Beatles – From Me To You
  44. The Beatles – Get Back
  45. The Beatles – Hard Day’s Night
  46. The Beatles – She Loves You
  47. The Beatles – Twist And Shout
  48. Weezer – I Swear It’s True
  49. Weezer – Only In Dreams
  50. Weezer – Tired Of Sex

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Epiphone EL-00 Acoustic Guitar Reviews

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The Epiphone EL-00 predecessors were originally produced in the 1930s and 1940s and were intended to be a smaller, economy guitar that was comfortable in size and affordable but still had a big acoustic sound. The EL-00 has a Solid Sitka Spruce top just like the ones that came before it, which helps to improve this little guitar’s sound as the instrument is played and ages more. Joined with a mahogany neck and body, the spruce top and the mahogany make a rich, warm tone much louder than you might expect from a smaller guitar, as opposed to larger ones like it.

We found amazon.com to have the best prices on all acoustic guitars including the Epiphone EL-00.

This model also features a solid Rosewood bridge and Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay. There is a pick guard with a metal “E” logo to protect the top of the instrument from pick marks. Small, vintage style, die cast metal tuners are also seen on this model along with chrome hardware.

Epiphone EL-00 Features and Specifications

  • Mahogany body
  • Solid spruce top
  • 24.75 Scale
  • 44X19X6 inches
  • 10.4 pounds
  • Ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping

Epiphone EL-00 Reviews

There seem to be plenty of positive reviews on this guitar, with very few and minor complaints. Customers who have bought this guitar overall state that it is a great value for quality and price, and also recommend it for beginner to intermediate guitar players. They like the sound, projection and tone of the instrument quite a bit, and also appreciate the way the instrument is appealing to the eye.

Small things like the smell of the lacquer and the quality of the factory strings (which can easily be replaced) are among the very few complaints about this little guitar. If you are an experienced player, other small adjustments and polishing the frets are recommended by one reviewer to make this guitar sound even more like a larger, more professional model. This little guitar is also great overall compared to others because of its price and sound quality. If you are looking for a great sounding guitar that is affordable, the Epiphone EL-00 could be the right one for you.

Recording King ROS-06 Acoustic Guitar Reviews

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Recording King ROS-06 Classic Series 12th Fret 000 Acoustic

The Recording King ROS-06 isn’t like any other guitar that you will see. What you will notice is that this is a classic 12th fret OOO design that is supposed to look like the first entry level guitar on the market. Just like any other top of the line Century Studio guitars, this brand of guitars also has similar traits. It has a Sitka spruce top. Other things that one should know about this are that it has a mahogany back as well as sides. This, you will find, allows it to have a fine and even tone. The Recording King is even shaped just to look like a vintage guitar.

We found amazon.com to have the best prices on all acoustic guitars including the Recording King ROS-06.

Product Features and Specifications

  • Tortoise shell binding
  • Slotted headstock
  • Rosewood overlay
  • Butterbean tuning keys
  • 7.6 pounds
  • Ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping

The Reviews

There have been many customers who have bought the Recording King. The comments they have left vary. Many say that the sound as well as the balance on this is spectacular. The volume of this is better than ever as well. Some have commented that this has a chunky neck as compared to others. For those who have not played guitar before, this is said to be one of the better entry level ones to try.

Others who might be more of the guitar enthusiast say that there is a slight glitch. This glitch is that if you have an ear for music, then you will note that the intonation was sharp in the upper frets. For some people, you might not be able to work past this part. For one person who used this said he had to learn to live with the strings playing five to ten cents sharp in the upper register. These are what others have said about the Recording King ROS-06.