What would you do if......?

martin171110

Junior Member
If you were unemployed or on low pay and wanted to practice drumset but could not because of the neighbours and or no money to buy a set, what can be done to practice at a decent place daily?

One thing that could happen is this:
six or seven drummers get together and share the rent for a place to play drumset.

The options of playing a drumset in the house are not done because of noise problems. So there are many who are not getting the practice they need.

Even electronic drumsets are no good because they are too expensive and do make some noise which will affect the neighbours.

What can be done to get a set and a place to play?
 

NC68

Senior Member
At the very least if you have a pair of sticks and anything to hit, (plastic bucket, cardboard box), you can at least keep your hand chops up. The next option would be to buy a practice pad if you can.

For a drum kit a compromise may be a practice pad kit. Yes, not the same as the real thing but if you have a bass drum pedal and the practice pad kit you can keep your set chops up to a reasonable degree. This may be too noisy though based on your comments regarding an electronic kit.

Your idea of several drummers sharing is a good one. Another alternative is to play at a church as many of them have their own kit for you to use and you may be able to work out using it other than Sundays.
 

synergy

Senior Member
I dont want to sound difficult or arugumentative but if I was unemployed I would focus on getting a job.

Normally with a job comes a paycheck- which could help with the other issues your were speaking of
 

Travis22

Senior Member
I think I would have to agree with Synergy...you need an income. Any option, other than a friend simply letting you practice on their kit, is going to require some form a of money. Renting a place, buying any sort of gear...it all takes money. I would feel bad saying pawn something to get the cash because I'm sure you could use the money for something you REALLY need.

Sometimes life gets tough. I've had to sell gear to make car payements before when I was unemployed. I feel for ya, but unfortunately in this world we live in money is needed to aquire things.

Good luck to ya.
 

Homeularis

Gold Member
I was unemployed for a while and I had to wait while I looked for a job, finally found one and then I had to wait until I saved up enough money for a kit. It took me a year and I just finally found a studio space to share so I can play. The studio costs me $125 a month.

No offense my man but I kinda dont understand the question.
Are you looking for a free kit and a free place to play?, because something like that would be exceptionally rare.
 

Pollyanna

Platinum Member
Practice pads. Some people find them fun to play. Personally, I find them a drag but there's no doubt you can go a long way with them, especially if you enjoy them.
 
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synergy

Senior Member
I think my first response was a little flippant.

I believe there is a picture in the Wisdom Woodshed thread in the your place section of the site that shows someone who uses a practice pad and a plastic garbage can to practice. Couldnt have cost him more then $10- if money is an issue then you just need to be a little creative
 

Skitch

Pioneer Member
If you were unemployed or on low pay and wanted to practice drumset but could not because of the neighbours and or no money to buy a set, what can be done to practice at a decent place daily?

One thing that could happen is this:
six or seven drummers get together and share the rent for a place to play drumset.

The options of playing a drumset in the house are not done because of noise problems. So there are many who are not getting the practice they need.

Even electronic drumsets are no good because they are too expensive and do make some noise which will affect the neighbours.

What can be done to get a set and a place to play?
Great exercise here - think outside the box!

1.) If you live in a warmer climate, you could take your drums to the park to practice. I had to do this for a while myself. I had quite a bit of interest from park-goers! This would suck, however, if you lived in Minnesota in December!

2.) Zoro told me about a guy who had moved to LA. This guy took a couple of lessons from Z. Z asked this drummer where he was living and the guy told him that he was living in a practice lock-out. Zor's curiosity was piqued and asked to see how this guy was doing this, so the drummer invited Zoro down to his humble abode. Zoro said that this guy had boxes stacked to the ceiling and a cot to sleep on. There was also a fax machine, a microwave and a coffee maker. Zoro said that he couldn't figure out how this guy was showering so he asked him. The drummer said that he joined a gym!


3.) I just remembered that I also traded out playing at a church for a place to practice. THis practice area was isolated from the daily activites and I had to move my gear in and out every day. But it was a solution!




Excellent question and think outside the box!

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Great exercise here - think outside the box!

1.) If you live in a warmer climate, you could take your drums to the park to practice. I had to do this for a while myself. I had quite a bit of interest from park-goers! This would suck, however, if you lived in Minnesota in December!
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harryconway

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Find a band, that needs a drummer. Real bad. Most bands have a practice room, of sorts. Hopefully, between 4-5 semi-employed musicians, you can put together some kinda drum kit.​
You live in the jam room.​
Or your car.​
Join a 24 hour gym, so you can bath/shower/toilet every day.​
Couch surf.​
Find a good woman, with a good heart, that will adopt you.​
 
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