Singing while drumming is not easy, but I’ve done it. This is me singing and drumming in a recreational band I was in years ago. I was talking drum lessons for some time then, and then began taking voice lessons. After learning to sing just a few of the band’s songs, I became the lead singer! They were all good musicians, but no one else wanted to sing.
This photo was taken during one of our typical weekend practice sessions back in 2001. We would play at a rehearsal studio for about three or four hours most Saturdays. We did that for about two years.
Setup for Singing While Drumming
Setting up a vocal microphone on your drumset can be tricky.
Drumset Vocal Microphone Choices
- Headset microphone: Not for me. Technically, it is the perfect solution. You lose the ability to move to create dynamics. They can get misaligned on your head. The worst part is you are “always on”. I hated that.
- Microphone on a straight stand beside you: Still not for me. It is easy to setup, then simply turn and sing. Turning your head is unnatural.
- Microphone on a boom stand from the side or rear: Most common as I’ve seen it; used this myself. Much more control, and you are not “trapped”. You can also move the microphone out of the way when you’re not singing.