How To Make Drum Pads

Drummers need a lot of practice to improve their skills and to learn new tricks and routines. Since drummers can’t always practice in their own band studios, they may need to practice at home, thus needing a way to reduce the sound. This reduces the possibility of receiving complaints from neighbors and other family members when you start playing on wee hours of the morning. Drum pads are great for minimizing drum sounds, and they are easily made with readily available materials. If you want to know how to make drum pads, here are the things you need to do.

  • Take the drum measurement. Use a compass or protractor to determine the circumference of your drum pad. You can make ones that are as large as your drum set, as long as the circle you make doesn’t go over the gray line around the drum. You can also make a smaller drum pad, as long as it fits the part that you normally hit.

    If you don’t have any compass or protractor ready, look for a plate of the same or near the size of your drums.

  • Cut the foam. Get dense foam and mark it based on the measurements you took earlier. Place it over a hard surface like a cardboard or a piece of wood, especially if you’re cutting on top of a table. This removes the possibility that you’ll end up ruining a fairly good table after tracing and cutting your drum pads. You can also cut the foam outside on a cement floor if the weather is good. Cutting the foam while on top of a hard surface is easier than when cutting it as its held upright. Wear leather gloves before cutting. Use a utility knife and make the cut slowly. Hold the foam down as you cut it so the edges are more defined.

    If you don’t have foam that is readily available, you can use curtains or carpets, as long as they’re soft and thick. The only issue that you’ll have with using other materials is that it may mute the sound fully, or cause enough vibrations that will cause the drum beside it to emit sound.

  • Stick the foam to the drum pad. Once you have all the foams ready, get a tape and attach each to the drum pads. Afterwards, test the sound of the drums when hit against the pads.
  • Glue the pads to the drum. After you’re done with the adjustments, use glue to stick the pad to the surface of the drum. Put glue around the pad and hold it down for a few seconds so you’re sure that the foam sticks well to the sides.

You can also add felt with adhesive on the other side. Cut out felt of the same size as that of the foam and put the felt on top, pressing on the edges and cutting off excess felt.

Once you have the pads, enjoy the practice! You can now spend the required time necessary to memorize your routine or to teach the skill to friends and family. Plus, you have the option to glue the pad to the drum set, or glue it inside a metal rim so you can carry it if you need to go to other places for gigs.


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