Acoustic Versus Electronic Drums!

Drumming is fun and inspiring, this is nothing but the truth. Basically, there are two types of drum; the traditional drum known as the acoustic drums, and the electronic modern type of drums. Each drum type has its own peculiarities.

This video explains some of the basic differences of acoustic versus electronic drums (a beginners guide):

The Acoustic Drum Kit.

The acoustic drum enables a drummer to play with great touch and feel – you can go from completely quiet to completely loud. And unlike majority of the electronic kits, cymbal washes are possible when acoustic drum is involved. Besides, a drummer can leverage tiny subtleties that he or she can squeeze from an actual acoustic drum and cymbal. Another unique feature of the acoustic drums is its great dynamics that a drummer cannot recreate in an electronic manner. And, when using an acoustic drum, a drummer can learn and execute great moves such as the buzz rolls, drum rolls, hi-hat technique, cymbal swells, as well as crossing stick to a more realistic and better level compared to the electronic drum kit.

acoustic drum set

However, one of the put-offs with the acoustic drum kit is noise. This traditional drum kit is loud, but there are ways to keep the noise at bay such as using the drum silencer pads. The thing is that using the pad to reduce noise will greatly affect the sound and feel of the acoustic drum instrument.

Also, you will need to replace the heads of acoustic drums from time to time. And, the need for tuning an acoustic drum is also another reason why people are drawn to the electronic drum set, especially the amateurs who would find it difficult achieving the tuning.

The Electronic Drum Kit.

Indeed, electronic drum kits are great. Yet, the unique feel and response that come with the acoustic drums is not something you can get exactly with the electronic kit. In fact, it is difficult for drummers to hide behind the acoustic drum as he would do with the electronic kit giving the luxury features such as the touch sensitive sensors and the mesh drum heads that come with the electronic drum kits.

Perhaps, the most essential advantage that the electronic drum kits have over the acoustic one is the ability to control noise. With the electronic drum, you can practice with ear phones or reduce the drums’ volume.


Crossing from Acoustic to Electronic Drums.

For more ease of playing as well as other benefits that come with the electronic drums, most drummers would want to cross over from playing the acoustic drums to the electronic drum kits.

So, for whatever reason you may want to cross over from acoustic to electronic drums, here are some tips on how to start playing an electronic drum kit;

Tip #1: Adjusting to the Increased Rebound of Electronic Drums.

When crossing over from the acoustic to electronic drum, the very first step you are going to take is adjusting to the increase rebound that comes with the electronic drum kits. If you observe the pro players closely, you will notice the enormous rebound associated with every single strike when they get really into the flow and rhythm.

The amount of rebound varies quite a bit when you try the different rubber pads and mesh pads. The mesh pads are more realistic and are much easier on the wrists and forearms than the rubber pads, and also the acoustic drum kits. That’s why I primarily play on mesh heads.

On the other hand, the acoustic drum kits do not produce the same type of rebound. But the more expensive the electronic kit the closer it gets. But generally speaking, the acoustic drum sets (traditional drums) are produced from natural materials while their electronic counterparts on the other hand virtually always use mesh pads or rubber that produce a little more rebound.

So, your first step as you cross over from acoustic to playing the electronic drum kits is to ensure your mind as well as your body completely adjust to this high intensity rebound. In other words you have to get used to it. I found it easier to play on electronic drums.

Tip #2: Adaptability!

Also, when crossing over from acoustic to electronic drum set, adaptability is vital. You will learn to lay out things to suit your comfort level – you don’t’ have to go by the current set up or the way other people may suggest. One of the pluses of the electronic drum kits is the customizability – they are incredibly customizable and tremendously adaptable, so that you can “change things up” as well as come with your unique picture-perfect drum set layout. This extensive flexibility does not come with the acoustic drum kit, perhaps made worse by their bulkiness.

So, as you migrate to the electronic drums, do not be afraid to experiment the adaptable features – you can shift the physical positions of each drum pad at your disposal, and can play around with your cymbals and pedals’ location. This way, you will learn to adapt your electronic drum kit to your own comfort level when you play. Consequently, there will be a dramatic turnaround in your skill level, confidence, and the ability to maximize your practice time.