Beginner Shopping List

Sticks

Vic Firth American Classic 5A Drumsticks are a great option for most players starting out…

However, for young beginners with smaller hands, a pair of Vic Firth American Classic 7A Drumsticks are a better choice…

Practice Pads

Below are a few good practice pads. The decision is yours as to whether you want to buy a smaller, more portable pad or a larger one that can sit on a snare drum. There’s also the option of buying a pad & stand combo…

Evans 12″ Real Feel Practice Pad
(Suitable for placing on top of a snare)

WHD 8″ Practice Pad and Stand Bundle
(Definitely handy to be able to position your pad properly with the included stand)

Vic Firth 6″ Practice Pad
(Great pad, portable size, has as a mounting thread in the bottom so it can screw on to a cymbal stand)

Metronome (iOS App)

There are lots of free & cheap metronome apps available on iOS, Android and web-browsers. Here are a couple which I use and feel are not too complex for beginners…

Music Stands

If you don’t own one already, another essential purchase is a music stand. They’re not expensive so it’s definitely worth buying. You can either opt for a more sturdy stand that can hold larger books more easily or a smaller, more portable stand.

Here’s a heavier, sturdy stand a lot like the one I use in my studio…

Or a lighter, more portable stand with a carry bag…