08 March 2018

How To Pick a Drum Practice Pad

There’s a saying that “Slow progress is better than no progress at all”. We can apply this analogy to establish your journey on being a professional musician. 

Whether you are a new drummer or an experienced one, choosing the right drum equipment can be still quite confusing. However, if you like to know more about the drum accessories, especially drum-pads, then please go through the following content.

Choosing from the best drum practice pads can be a daunting task especially if you are new in the market. This is because of the bewildering array of practice pad models differing in design, build quality, shape, performance, and price. To make you work easier, we have compiled a descriptive list of tips on picking a good drum practice pad 2018.

  • Responsiveness

One of the most important consideration while picking a practice pad is that as practice pads serves one and only singular purpose, and that is train technique. And, for that reason, you want a pad that responds as authentically to your strokes as possible.

And, if you practice on a surface that springs more forcefully than the drums you actually play, you’ll strain your muscles. Thus, responsiveness of a drum is an essential factor to consider while choosing practice pads.

  • Design

Based on design, you can choose from three different categories depending on their shape: 

- Pads on stand
- Pads only and
- Others

Research shows that individuals love the drum practice pads that features stands. This is purely because one can play them while sitting and allowing their feet the freedom to move. 

Whereas the other designs (pads only and others) may be great alternative but they do not allow you to practice with both your hands and feet.

  • Size

Size is considered to be essential, but there are no “one fits all” solution in case practice pads. As, larger pads are excellent for giving you more room to practice, but some people need the portability of smaller pads.

And, as 12-inch pads as the optimal size, they provide enough space and freedom of movement while you play practice pads. So, in order to ultimately get the size that suits you best, try to take preference of 12-inch pads.

  • Utility

Another important factor is the function by which we measure pads is utility. In general, the utility of a pad refers to how easily and effectively you can treat it like an actual drum. So before you pick a practice pad, make sure you check its utility.

  • Types of Pads

For the most part, drum pads come in two types:

1. Rubber pads 
2. Headed pads 

While the rubber type originally came without rims, they’ve come a long way over the years.

The essential difference of opinion between the two is that headed pads hold tension lugs or screws that reflects those of an actual drum, and they use synthetic surfaces that are really flexible over a surface.

Both types of pads are good for practice, but the rubber types are better as their responsiveness is sharper, making for better practice.

Second, they last longer and don’t require upkeep while headed pads lose tension over time.

Finally, the rubber pads, on average, are much quieter as they produce a muted sound that is just easier on the ears over the course of a long practice session. 

  • Your Individual Needs

Depending on your level of training, you can choose between a standard drum practice pad and electric practice pad. Both of these models can deliver professional performance depending on the particular brand you buy. In most cases, a standard practice pad is suited for practicing only. The electric version, on the other hand, is ideal both for practice and for adding value to your live sound. The latter also have additional built-in features that give them an edge over the simple mesh or rubber practice pads.


In case you have been looking for a drum practice pad then you can use the tips to guide you in making your choice. Go for a reputable brand that has the best features and specifications yet still pocket-friendly.

XO, Mish


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