My start up was Pearl export...uh I think. 5 piece. The most important thing is getting a medium quality set. You don't want to get a Walmart brand or something, cause they're worthless. Getting something used. If you're like me, you'll destroy the thing in your beginning stages. Once you've played for awhile, you'll gain finesse and you won't destroy heads, drums, sticks, symbals, etc.
Take some lessons too. Gaining basic knowledge of rythm, time structure, and technique will really help. I am self taught for the most part and I wish I would have taken lessons in the beginning. Granted after 9 years I can crush it, but it takes longer to get better, IMO.
definitely suggest going with pearl or yamaha kit...my first kit was a used pearl export and it was awesome, i've since moved onto bigger and better but pearl exports are probably the best bang for your buck by far, new or used...also, like others have said, take lessons for sure, they will help you so much and put you so far ahead so much faster than just trying to do it yourself...a good book to get (which i also used when i taught beginning students) was Joel Rotham's 'mini monster book of rock drumming', it goes from the extremely basic to the very very advanced, and covers everything in between...another thing i did when i began was practicing along to cd's and also transcribing basic drum parts, this will help you understand things if you can start doing this along with practicing out of a book or two
mmmmm yamaha stage customs are just a sweet setup if youa re a beginner. well priced and they are good sets. good tone, quality. def go yamaha stage custom. or if you want, get a DW set. my fave kind of drums. oh and make sure to pick up the ziljian cymbals. have fun drumming!
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