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Picking the Right Drum Practice Pad

Today's blog is part six in our percussion series. Resident percussion specialist Alan Compton walks us through how to choose the best practice pad for your needs.

Today, I'd like to highlight some of the drum practice pads we carry at our store.

Why do I need a practice pad?

The benefit of owning a practice pad is that it provides a percussionist with a method of practicing rudimental drumming that is

  • affordable
  • compact
  • portable
  • quiet
  • feels like a real drum

The following items are some of the most popular practice pads and they fill those requirements very well.

What are the best practice pads?

OffWorld percussion offers a wide variety of practice pads. Their flagship product line, The Invader V3 Series, has a pad to suit pretty much any drummer's needs. The Invader Series includes:

OffWorld V3 Gum Rubber Practice Pad

  • favored more by drumset and concert snare players
  • provides the lowest volume practice experience of any OffWorld Invader Pad
  • measures 13 ¾" in diameter
  • has a 360º stick saver rim
  • mountable in a standard snare stand basket

 

OffWorld Standard V3 Practice Pad

  • with OffWorld's exclusive DarkMatter playing surface
  • measures 13 ¾" in diameter
  • has a 360º stick saver rim
  • mountable in a standard snare stand basket

 

 

OffWorld V3 ScoJo Practice Pad

  • Scott Johnson's signature practice pad,
  • carbon fiber oval that mimics the outer edge of a marching snare drum for lower-volume play
  • measures 13 ¾" in diameter
  • has a 360º stick saver rim
  • mountable in a standard snare stand basket

 

 

Innovative Percussion has two offerings in their line of practice pads.

Innovative Percussion RP1R Red Gum Rubber Practice Pad

  • great choice for any drummer that prefers a softer feel or needs to practice at a low volume
  • measures 11 ½" in diameter
  • mountable in a snare stand basket

 

 

Innovative Percussion CP1R Black Corps Practice Pad 

  • made to mimic the feel of a marching snare drum
  • measures 11 ½" in diameter
  • mountable in a snare stand basket

 

 

Salyers SPad12 Practice Pad

  • unique silicon playing surface that feels and sounds better than most gum rubber surfaces
  • patterned underside to protect tabletops and drum heads from damage
  • measures 12" in diameter
  • fits into any snare stand basket

 

 

Vic Firth offers a large variety of practice pads, but these are our most popular pads from the catalog.

Vic Firth Heavy Hitter Stockpad 

  • features a gum rubber surface
  • great response
  • round wooden base
  • measures 12" in diameter

 

 

Vic Firth Heavy Hitter Slimpad

  • similar to the stockpad
  • very thin layer of gum rubber to emulate the feel of a marching snare drum
  • measures 12" in diameter

 

 

Vic Firth Double-Sided Practice Pad

  • comes in 6" and a 12" version
  • soft gray gum rubber side
  • harder black rubber side
  • our most popular practice pad due to its affordable price and versatility

 

 

 

Ahead makes quite a few practice pads, but the most popular one we sell is definitely their 14" S-Hoop Marching Pad. 

Ahead S-Hoop Marching Pad 

  • realistic marching snare drum feel
  • durable carbon fiber playing surface
  • real 14" counter hoop
  • built-in snare sound to enhance the authentic feel
  • mountable in a snare stand basket

 

 

Lastly, for use with beginner percussionists or a pad for advanced players that closely matches the feel of a concert snare drum or a drumset snare, the Remo Tunable Practice Pad has been the go-to item for many years. 

Remo Tunable Practice Pad

  • real, tunable, replaceable drum head
  • slip-proof padding on the bottom side
  • can be mounted on a Remo practice pad stand using the threaded receiver in the underside of the pad
  • comes in a 6", 8", and 10" size

 

 

For questions about the practice pads we carry, or any of Amro Music's other offerings, please don't hesitate to give us a call. That's all for now. Have a musical day!

Posted by Emilee McGee at 3:48 PM
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