‘even if you’re the drummer and are only there for advice, do NOT think it’s a good idea to drink a litre of rum to yourself, especially not on a Wednesday night’
– Scott Bickers, Jonny and the mental breakdowns drummer.
Choosing to play the drums..
My successes and failures..
Recommendations and worldly advice..
Good starter instrument..
Well I started playing guitar on a black Les Paul copy made by some super budget brand. I think it was Hondo or something like that. I also started drums on a cheap kit too. It’s tricky but I’d urge anyone no matter what instrument they play, to pay as much they can afford to pay for their gear. Not because you can’t create great music with the cheap stuff, but I find that if it isn’t much good, it CAN put you off playing. I’ve had cheap cymbals that have made me NOT want to hit them. You should WANT to pick up that instrument because of how it feels, not just how it sounds.
I’m not really much of a gear head, to be honest, and I have to say I love my kit. Though if anyone wants to offer me an endorsement then cool thanks! Hahaha ; ) As for brands I love some of the British Drum Company kits, Natal do great hardware, DW make some stunning kits and Brady do some really interesting stuff. I’d always rather spend my money on cymbals though. I’ve always played Sabian and Paiste but a full set of Zildjian K’s would be lovely, I just don’t have the money! If I was going to play guitar I’d obviously have a Blackstar amp, probably a Series One like Jack our guitarist, and a white Gordon Smith GS-1. Beautiful handmade guitars from Northamptonshire with roots in punk.
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