I'm really sure this has been asked about a billion times but I have a snare and I want to get better at drum rudiments. Does the majority say I need a practice pad too?
Throw a snare reso head over a pillow. It’s even more unforgiving than a snare drum.For my money, it would be optimal to always practice on a snare drum, as no pad can make you as aware of every tiny little dynamic and rhythmic incongruency like a snare drum can. Both ear fatigue and other people wanting their piece and quiet make that extremely impractical for all but a few people however, so pads tend to win out.
Cool. I'll have to try that. It would however change the way I practice since rebound would not be a factor. The way I play on something like a pillow is completely different than how I play when employing rebound control. Also kinda hard to practice delicate rebound control ghost notes or pressed rolls on a pillow...Throw a snare reso head over a pillow. It’s even more unforgiving than a snare drum.
I’ve always played my kit and practiced rudiments on snare. I tried a pad a few decades ago and didn’t like it-didn’t respond like a drum head at all. And I like to hear my notes on the snare - I’m more concerned with sound than technique anyways.