Practice pad

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Remo WeatherKing RT series practice pad
A Movement Drum Co. 4-in-1 Pad being used with a metronome
Evans RealFeel practice pad.
Evans RealFeel practice pad.

A practice pad or drum pad, is a piece of equipment used by drummers and other percussionists to practice quietly, or to warm up before a performance.[1]

Construction[edit]

A variety of practice pads have been developed to assist percussionists in different ways. Practice pads may be designed to approximate the tension and response of a true drumhead when struck, or to provide less rebound to train the percussionist’s muscles. They can be constructed in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are typically small and light enough to be easily portable. Many variations include harder or softer playing surfaces, non-skid bases (that can also double as muted playing surfaces), and fixing points allowing the pad to be connected to existing percussion hardware such as a cymbal or snare drum stand.[2]

Mylar[edit]

Some practice pads use a disk of mylar, or another material used in the construction of true drumheads, stretched over a substrate such as foam or rubber. These elements are fixed together by a rim of metal or plastic.[2]

Elastomer[edit]

Many other devices use a thin layer of elastomer, such as natural or synthetic rubber of various densities, as a playing surface. This type of rubber surface is either placed directly over the top of an existing drumhead, or stuck to the top of a solid substrate. The rubber is designed to reflect a drumstick or mallet after being struck in a way similar to that of a true drumhead.[3]

Mesh[edit]

Some practice pads use a disk of mesh stretched over a frame. The mesh is quieter when struck than rubber or mylar, and can be tuned to mimic different types of drum head by tightening and loosening it in the frame.[4]

Use[edit]

These devices can be placed on a wide variety of surfaces including the player’s lap, a tabletop or the head of an actual drum. Placing the pad on the head of an actual drum can have the effect of transferring to the drum’s natural snare-side response along with severely muting the sound of the drum. Several units are often arranged like a standard drum kit or practice purposes.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What Are Drum Practice Pads?". The Vault at Music & Arts. 15 August 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Drum Pads: Everything You Need To Know". Drumhead Authority. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  3. ^ Ritz, Duran (6 November 2017). "What are the Best Practice Pads for Drummers?". The New Drummer. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Rubber Drum Pads vs. Mesh Drum Pads". Silent Drumming. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2021.