Homemade Drumming Practice Pad

Written by matthew anderson
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A drum is usually a loud instrument. Drumming practice pads are used by drummers to practice quietly. Homemade practice pads can be made with a variety of materials. The overall goal of any drumming practice pad is for it to be quiet, low-cost, and give a reasonable stick bounce. Foam rubber and felt both satisfy all of these conditions for a practice pad.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 14-inch by 14-inch foam rubber
  • 16-inch by 16-inch felt
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Compass

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  1. 1

    Mark a 14-inch-diameter circle on foam rubber using a compass. This is the average size of a snare drum head, which is a good size for a drumming practice pad. You can make the practice pad a different size if you use different size drum heads.

  2. 2

    Cut the foam rubber on the line to create a 14-inch-diameter circle. This will be the base for the homemade practice pad.

  3. 3

    Glue felt to the top of the foam rubber circle, flat to the surface. Do not cut the felt to fit; there should be a little bit of material hanging over the entire edge of the drumming practice pad.

  4. 4

    Wait for the glue to dry completely.

  5. 5

    Cut the excess felt along the edge of the foam rubber. The practice pad now has one side covered in felt and the other side bare. The felt side of the homemade practice pad is the side you hit.

Tips and warnings

  • Drumming practice pads do not feel exactly like an actual drum head. The physical properties that cause the drum head to produce noise affect the stick rebound when using it. It is not possible to replicate this exactly while still allowing the drummer to practice quietly. A drumming practice pad is a useful tool for a drummer, but is not a complete substitute for practicing on an actual drum set.

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