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The last two episodes have featured my reviews about different drum pads that are available. Check them out here:

Episode 016: Practice Pad Reviews Pt. 1

Episode 017: Practice Pad Reviews Pt. 2

In the videos, I talk about the two types of drum pads: rubber and drumhead. Both types of pads have their advantages and disadvantages. For most of my warmups, I use the bdl Percussion Pad, because I really like the feel and sound. If I am relaxed, I can hear the vibration of the stick. I have never had that experience with any other pad and that is one of the reasons that I endorse their drum pads. (Full Disclosure, I endorse bdl Percussion and Remo). In my studio, I use the Remo pad if a student is playing through a piece for the first time.

But remember, a drum pad will never replace a drum. It does have the same feel and if you always practice on a pad, your sound on a snare drum will suffer. In general, I use a drum pad for warmups and when I am learning or working on a new piece. If I am playing snare drum on a concert, I will make sure that I use a snare drum leading up to the performance.

Below are the links of the different pads that I used in the videos. Please support these companies. They are making great products.

Recommended:
Remo 8″ Practice Pad with Stand

bdl Percussion

Other Examples:
Remo 6″ Practice Pad

Remo 8″ Practice Pad

Remo 10″ Practice Pad

RealFeel – 6 Inch

RealFeel Apprentice Pad Stand

Destiny Pro Pad

RamPad – Symphonic Series Blue

Remo Putty Pad

Dave Gerhart

Dave Gerhart

Dr. Dave Gerhart, Product Manager, Percussion for Yamaha Corporation of America and Lecturer of Percussion at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU, Long Beach, is a nationally recognized performer, composer, and educator. Dr. Gerhart, originally from Fairfield, California, holds a D.M.A. from the University of Southern California, M.M. in Percussion Performance and Instrumental Conducting and a B.M. in Music Education from California State University, Long Beach.
Dave Gerhart

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