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Beginner's Gear Guide: Drums
Ready to start playing drums? Gear up and get rocking with this guide.

Picking out your first drum set can be a daunting task. Should you get an acoustic or electronic kit? What kind of cymbals will you need? What actually comes with the drum kit...and what additional parts will you need? Check out this guide and find out exactly what you need to get rocking.
Beginner Acoustic Drums
When most people think of drums, they think of acoustic drum sets. There are few things as satisfying as rocking out on a full kit. Acoustic kits can come as complete drum sets with all (or most) of the necessary parts, or as "shell kits," which don't include cymbals and hardware. Make sure to take a close look at each kit's "what's included" description to find out exactly what you'll be getting.
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Junior and Travel-Sized Drum Kits
Great for young drummers, junior acoustic drum kits offer all the components of a full kit, in a size that's more comfortable for smaller-sized players. Their compact footprint also makes them a great choice for fitting into small spaces, or for bedrooms.
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Beginner Electronic Drums
If you're going to be doing most of your playing in an apartment or bedroom, an electronic kit might be right for you. In addition to being great learning tools, electric drum kits feature a wealth of built-in sounds so you can shift from a stadium-filling rock kit to a jazz combo set at the push of a button. Most electronic kits don't have built in speakers, so make sure you invest in a good pair of headphones or a drum amplifier. Our Beginner's Gear Guide to Electronic Drums has plenty of great info to help you set up an awesome electronic drum rig!
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Beginner Cymbals
A basic cymbal setup includes a crash, a pair of hi-hats and a ride, but each player's drum set can be customized with an endless number of cymbal combinations. If you're outfitting an entire kit or rounding out a shell kit, consider picking up a cymbal pack that comes with a collection of tonally-matched cymbals.
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Drum Hardware
Hardware is important for mounting, supporting and striking the drums and cymbals on your new kit. A basic drum set will require a cymbal stand for each cymbal, a snare drum stand, a bass drum pedal and a drum throne. When selecting cymbal stands, make sure to choose the appropriate stand for each type of cymbal.
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Pearl S-830 Snare Drum Stand
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Drum Accessories
Whether you decide on an acoustic or electronic kit, make sure to pick up the right accessories to complete the package. It's a good idea to have a few pairs of drumsticks -- we like 5Bs for beginners -- as well as hearing protection and a metronome so you're always on beat.
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