Professional V-Drums Playing Techniques

Over the years, electronic drums have undergone remarkable advancements since their modest beginnings. The advent of cutting-edge digital trigger technology has revolutionized the level of expression available to drummers, surpassing what was previously thought possible. Let’s delve into a variety of common drumming techniques and how they are seamlessly executed on V-Drums.

When it comes to acoustic drums and cymbals, the range of sounds and textures is boundless. There are numerous factors to consider when selecting the appropriate sounds for a particular song, and there are no set rules.

Various elements come into play, including drum material, size, depth, head type, tension/pitch, muffling, and even snare buzz. Additionally, the unique characteristics of the room itself contribute to the overall sound. Indeed, the room plays an integral role as it directly affects the sound produced. Without a suitable environment, the sound will be compromised.

Amidst these possibilities, it’s essential not to overlook the most impactful component: the player. The drummer and their unique expression are where the sound originates, making a significant impact (pun intended).

Remarkably, V-Drums offer the ability to adjust all of these sound elements, including the simulated room sound. Moreover, drummers can employ many of the same techniques they use on acoustic drums to express themselves.

V-Drums also introduce entirely new techniques that are simply not possible on acoustic instruments. For instance, the “hit ‘n’ hold choke” technique involves striking an electronic cymbal and then holding the stick on the cymbal edge to stop its sustain. This maneuver is unachievable with an acoustic cymbal.

When you next visit a drum shop, consider exploring these possibilities and trying out different techniques to fully appreciate the potential of electronic drums.

Crash Cymbal Playing

In this series of techniques, we will delve into Chokes, Swells, and Bow Hits. Bow Hits entail striking the area of the cymbal known as the bow, which is positioned between the bell and the edge. This technique adds a distinctive sound and can be utilized to enhance your drumming repertoire.

Hi-Hat Playing

In this series, we will explore two hi-hat pedal techniques. The first is the Foot Splash and Close, commonly used in jazz, where the hi-hats are gently opened for a splash cymbal sound. The second is the Bow Hit with Foot Pressure, which involves striking the closed hi-hats while gradually opening them with foot pressure, resulting in varied sound textures.

Kick Drum Playing

In this video, we explore the differences between Soft Hits and Hard Hits on the kick drum, focusing on how these techniques translate on an electronic drum kit. By examining the nuances in playing dynamics, we can better understand the range of sounds and responses achievable with electronic drums.

Ride Cymbal Playing

The ride cymbal offers drummers a multitude of playing options and possibilities. In this video, we explore various techniques for the ride cymbal, focusing on one particular technique called Bell Hit with Shank. This technique involves striking the cymbal with the edge of the stick instead of the tip, resulting in a distinct sound and playing style. By experimenting with different techniques, drummers can unlock new sounds and expand their creative expression on the ride cymbal.

Snare Drum Playing

The snare drum holds a crucial role in the drum kit and offers a wide range of techniques to explore. In this video, we focus on one specific technique called the Stick Drop Buzz. By dropping the stick onto the snare drum and allowing it to rebound naturally, this technique produces a roll-like effect. It adds a unique texture and dynamic to your drumming, creating an engaging and expressive performance.

Tom Playing

Toms techniques can enhance the impact of a drum performance, especially the Rim Shot. This technique entails striking both the head and the rim of the tom simultaneously. By incorporating Rim Shots, drummers can achieve a powerful and distinct sound that adds punch and intensity to their playing.


Explore the diverse range of techniques achievable on the VAD-706 electronic drum kit.

Designed for drummers who appreciate the aesthetics of an acoustic kit while enjoying the advantages of an electronic instrument, the VAD-706 offers an unparalleled playing experience without compromising any essential aspects.