History and Information about Auxiliary Percussion
Most drum instruction takes place on the drum kit or drum set, which includes the snare drum, bass drum, tom-toms, and cymbals. Any form of unpitched percussion that is not included in the drum set is known as auxiliary percussion. This can include drums, cymbals, bells, shakers, or other objects adapted for musical use. Since percussion instruments have been around for so long, there is an expansive repertoire of music to learn. You will have access to genres such as classical, blues, pop, rock, jazz, and folk when you learn how to play auxiliary percussion.
When to Start on the Auxiliary Percussion
You can start drum lessons as young as age 6, although depending on a student’s dexterity and fine motor skills, some are able to pick it up earlier. However, since auxiliary percussion is often used in a group setting, it is recommended that students start on a snare drum or drum set and then expand into other forms of percussion. Students also should have begun to read and count, as most instructors will be teaching them how to read music very early on, if not right away.
Getting Auxiliary Percussion
Please call us for a recommendation of a store from which you can purchase or rent your auxiliary percussion instruments. Often when students are starting out, instructors will recommend a drum pad instead of the extensive set of auxiliary percussion, as it can be costly and take up a lot of space. For very young students, it is also recommended to rent instruments for two reasons: 1) they will most likely grow out of instruments quickly and 2) they may lose interest (although we hope they don’t!). Most stores will provide repair services for instruments that they rent out.
Purchasing Books and Supplies for Your Auxiliary Percussion
Most books and many supplies such as drum sticks and mallets are available online. Give us a call for a local store recommendation. Your instructor can tell you which books and supplies are appropriate or needed.
**Feel free to call us at 631-476-8946 with any questions you may have. We can help you find the best stores or dealers in your area and provide you with additional resources.