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Old 02-24-2016, 09:41 AM
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Hi all,

My daughter is 3.5 and seems to have an interest in drumming. I use to play (not very well!) and she showed real interest when she saw a proper kit for the first time. I really want to support this so she doesn't end up watching cartoons all day and will hopefully play drums instead.

A couple of questions;

For a 3.5 year old is it worth getting a child's kit?

I can teach her the basics but I wondered what you guys thought on a few lessons for her or is she too young? What age do kids start lessons?

Is it worth getting an electronic kit instead so we can have headphones and not annoy the neighbours? These weren't around when I was a kid.

Any general advice from those who have got their kids into drumming would be great.


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Old 02-24-2016, 10:48 AM
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Old 02-24-2016, 11:02 AM
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Depends what you mean by "Showed an interest". Kids by there very nature show interest in lots of things. Make a judgement over what you think is a reasonable length of time and if the interest is strong the child will be tapping away on whatever is at hand, without any prompting.

Jumping into junior kits and lessons at such an early stage makes the whole thing too formal and structured too early. The internet is packed with barely used starter kits.
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Old 02-24-2016, 05:11 PM
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Good luck finding a teacher who would take at that age. I don't take anybody younger than 9/10 myself. I think any younger is too young to teach formal lessons, especially with an instrument like drums, but that's just me.

I started piano lessons at 5, but that was group lessons at a music school, who are more set up for that sort of thing. You don't really have group lessons for drums for small children, at least its far more rare.
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Old 02-25-2016, 08:55 AM
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I saw a couple of electronic drum kits that were child size, maybe 2 1/2 feet tall, with 4 or 5 pads. I don't know who makes them but they look a lot like a Simmons ekit.

I think when your daughter can bang on something in time to music on the radio then she is ready for a drum kit.
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Old 02-25-2016, 09:53 AM
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Seems to me like the perfect excuse - sorry, reason - for you to get an e-kit and start playing again! If it's "your" kit I bet you anything your daughter will want to play it far more than if it's hers.
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Old 02-25-2016, 02:36 PM
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How is she showing interest? Is there a kit in the house now that she is playing? If there is why not wait and see how long this interest lasts. If it does maybe find a used kit that will fit and go from there. Most kids interest is like night and day, on and off.
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Old 02-25-2016, 04:42 PM
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I started lessons at 5.
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Old 02-25-2016, 05:49 PM
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I have a 2yo and a 6yo. This may sound contrary to my other advice, but they spend far more time, and have a far better time on my eKit then they do my aKit.

For a 3.5yo, give consideration to an eKit.
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Old 02-25-2016, 07:32 PM
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Hard to know for sure, but I had a similar experience when I was 2 and sat at my uncle's drum set. I thought it was the coolest thing ever, but my parents didn't cave until I was 13...so many wasted years! They got me lessons thinking I would quit in a few months, I stayed with that teacher for 10 years, and I'm still playing to this day (that was about 20 years ago).
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