Jeff Huffman Posts

My First Drum Set

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We share this blog post at this time each year.  Christmas is a popular time for kids to get their first kit, so it seemed appropriate to share this again.  myfirstdrumset.com is a great resource for those just getting started in the world of drumming.

Are you taking up drumming for the first time? Are you buying a drum set for the drummer in your life this holiday season? If so, you may want to start at myfirstdrumset.com. This website was created by the people at Pearl Drums with the idea of educating not only the drummer, but the parent or loved one who is buying the set. Here are the highlights:

  • A “Welcome to Drumming” video with appearances by some of the top names in the drumming world.
  • A step-by-step video that shows you how to correctly unpack and set up your drum set.
  • Video tips on tuning, warming up, and playing your first beats on your new drum set.
  • A drum set buying guide.
  • A very informative FAQ section.
  • Statistics that show what a great thing drumming can be for the mind, body, and spirit!

If you or someone you love has decided that this is the year to take up drumming, there really is no better place to start than myfirstdrumset.com! And when you’re ready to make the purchase, Chops Percussion has many great instrument options for you to choose from, including the Roadshow kit. We also have a rent-to-own program that features the Pearl Decade Maple. Be sure to check out all of our rental offerings at chopspercussion.com. Welcome to the world of drumming!

Take Care Of Your Instruments This Fall

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As we move into the latter part of the fall marching band season, we’re faced with weather hazards that can do much damage to our instruments. It’s near the end of the season, so we can’t just escape inside to rehearse music if rain and very cold weather continues to hit during rehearsal times. Eventually, you have to go outside. There’s also the possibility of having to deal with these elements during a contest performance.
Here are some tips to help make sure your instruments survive the elements this fall.

During Rehearsals and Performances

  • Use covers as much as possible for your mallet instruments, especially when drill is a focus and the pit isn’t playing all the time. If raining during rehearsal, keep mallets dry and use old mallets if available. Keep your “show mallets” in good condition.
  • Try to avoid too much water collecting on your drum heads and dump if needed.
  • Keep tenor drums down in playing position and don’t allow the inside wood shells to get soaked if raining heavy.
  • Keep stick tips and bass drum mallets dry. Use old sticks and mallets if possible.
  • Use a window squeegee to clear water collected on timpani heads
  • In very cold temperatures, be careful not to overplay cymbals as they are more susceptible to cracks.
    “Warming” a gong should always be done before striking it (lightly tapping it to get it vibrating) but this is even more important during cold temperatures to help avoid cracks.
  • Cover electronics with tarps, trash bags or anything to keep them dry. Clear plastic can be used over electronic keyboards, leaving just enough room for the player’s hands, so the student can still see the keyboard and participate.
  • Cover any mics with small garbage bags. (Make sure there aren’t any holes!)

After:

  • Take covers off and lay out to dry.
  • Use towels to soak up water that may have collected around the edges of drumheads or anywhere water may be hiding.
  • Lay electronic cables out to dry.
  • If any electronics may have gotten wet or damp, place a fan blowing on them to help get them dry as fast as possible.
  • Make sure to dry EVERYTHING off (instruments, frames, hardware, etc) to avoid rust and other damage.

We can’t always get the perfect weather during marching season and are sometimes forced into elements that are not ideal. Take the time to keep your instruments in good condition to avoid damage and costly replacements and repairs. Good luck the rest of the season!

Drum Corps 2018 Season Preview

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We’re well into summer and it’s time for drum corps to hit the road!  For those who aren’t familiar, drum corps (or drum and bugle corps) are marching ensembles (brass, percussion, and color guard) that travel throughout the country each summer rehearsing and performing in different cities at competitions. If you’re unfamiliar with the activity, clickHEREto find out more.

There are many opportunities to see drum corps in competition in Indiana and surrounding states. Here is a partial list of events.

June 2018 News at Chops

Percussion Equipment Evaluations and On-Site Repairs

Summer break is here and there’s no better time to get your instruments evaluated than now! Chops Percussion and Paige’s Music’s repair department are willing to send a trained specialist to your school to assess your percussion inventory.

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Marching arts and electronics. Chops can help!

Sounds systems can be intimidating and can leave directors wondering where to begin. Chops is here to help though! As the activity has evolved, so has our product offerings. More than just a drum shop, Chops is able to find the sound system and electronics that best fulfill your program’s needs.

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Improve This Summer With A Rental From Chops Percussion

Chops has several drum sets and keyboards available for rental that are perfect for home practice.

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Demo Gear Updates

The demo list has some fresh updates for the month of June. Follow the link below to see what’s been added and removed since May.

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Previously Rented Practice Marimbas Available

Adams AMPD30 Academy Marimba

If you’re in need of a practice marimba for home practice over the summer, now is the time!  We currently have a good inventory of lightly used, previously rented Adams practice marimbas in stock and available for you to take home today.  These are also available on our rental plan at a rate of around 15% below the rental rate of a new instrument.  Give us a call and let us help you keep your chops up this summer!

The AMPD30 (top of page) marimba features the same Padouk bars as used on the Best –Selling Soloist Series instruments, giving the player a true graduated bar instrument to learn and grow with. Every tone bar of the Academy 3 octave marimba is hand-adjusted through the sixth overtone using the same bar tuning methods as the top of the line Adams Artist Series instruments. Only Adams is able to consistently produce in-tune instruments with a full and even tone for players at every level.

The AMPD33R 3.3 octave Academy Marimba with Resonators (below) is designed to be an affordable option that allows the intermediate student to work on many of the pieces written for a low A marimba, all while still having the full tone and projection of a full size marimba.

Adams AMPD33R Academy Marimba

Call us at 1-877-900-DRUM or email us at chops@chopspercussion.com.