Need a gift for the star of the rhythm section? (Ed. Note: Just kidding, bass players! We love you, too!) These three items are as useful as they are economical.
1. Drumsticks ($6.79-8.99)
Experienced drummers tend to find a favorite and stick with it (pun intended), so for these recipients, you should check with a bandmate or good friend to determine what drumstick he or she prefers. For beginners or drummers who are still searching for their brand, you can try one of these three highly rated models:
Vic Firth American Classic 5A Drum Sticks are Amazon’s #1 Bestselling drumstick for a reason. Lightweight but durable, these sticks are made from solid hickory by highly-rated manufacturer Vic Firth.
Zildjian 5A Nylon Black Dip Drumsticks feature unique, full oval tips, stylish black and white design, and a special coating to provide a comfortable, but firm grip. A popular choice for drummers of all levels
- Zildjian Dave Grohl Artist Series Drum Sticks are for the heavy hitters. Thick, 100% hickory construction make these the perfect sticks for hard rock, or any style of music that demands powerful, aggressive drumming,
So maybe your drummer has plenty of sticks, but does he have a place to put them? This drum stick bag by On Stage eliminates the awkward and possibly gig-ending nightmare of searching for a replacement stick mid-song. The bag attaches to the floor tom, where a spare stick can be grabbed without missing a beat, and can also hold other playing accessories such as mallets or brushes.
This heavy duty drumkey doubles as a keychain, meaning it’s less likely to get lost at a gig or left in the studio. Quick release feature allows it to separate from the keyring as needed.
Ever wonder what being a famous musician is really like? Dive into these three recent biographies for a glimpse at the glamorous and not-so-glamorous lives of famous hitmakers.
1. Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page
This long-awaited biography by the notoriously elusive Led Zeppelin rocker is sure to thrill rock fans and guitar players alike. Clocking in at a meaty 512 pages, Jimmy Page contains hundreds of photos and detailed captions to make the moments come alive.
2. Cold Sweat: My Father James Brown and Me by Yamma Brown
An eye-opening look at the price of fame by Yamma Brown, daughter of R&B legend James Brown. Brown shares an honest look at the complications of life with a famous father in gripping detail.
3. Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Ricky Bragg
Controversial figure Jerry Lee Lewis has lived the sort of lifestyle that could be described in any way but dull. Between starting riots with his rollicking performances, heading to the altar seven times with six different women, and wasting decades to addiction, there’s a lot of living in the book’s 500+ page count. Perfect for anyone looking for an action-packed story of musical excess.
For some of us, music isn’t just entertainment — it’s a way of life. Show the music lover in your life that you care with some of these great gifts:
Hoodie Buddie Zip Jacket Sweatshirt Earbuds Black
($26.99) It’s easy to listen to music on the go with this comfy hoodie from Hoodie Buddie. This sweatshirt features drawstrings that double as headphones, and a 3.5mm stereo jack that works with most MP3 players and smartphones. Doused with beer at the show last night? No problem! Just toss it in the washing machine and you’re good to go.
TASCAM DR-05 Portable Digital Recorder
($98.99) This portable digital recorder from TASCAM is a good entry-level personal recorder. Whether you want to record band practice or bootleg a hot concert (don’t worry, we won’t tell!), this little gadget has you covered. Records in WAV and MP3 file formats and comes with a 2 GB microSD card.
Electrohome Signature Retro Hi-Fi Stereo System with Record Player, CD, MP3, AM/FM, Vinyl-to-MP3 – EANOS700
($199.99) Never before has so many music formats existed at one time. Why use separate players when one machine can play them all? Not only does this little stereo play records, CDs, MP3s, and radio, but it also converts vinyl to MP3 for those moments when a turntable just isn’t convenient. Handcrafted walnut finish gives this stereo a stylish retro look that matches any decor.
Do you want to get the guitarist in your life something special without breaking the bank? Here are five gift ideas that cost less than a value meal.
Clayton Picks Grease Cloth for Stringed Instruments
($3.98) This cloth acts like a magnet, trapping dust and lint from within guitar strings without the use of cleaning solution. Perfect for someone who enjoys caring for his/her instrument.
Jim Dunlop 114SI Dun Roadpro Gtr Strg Winder
($4.59) This string winder makes restringing a guitar a breeze! The rugged steel axle means this little gadget will last for years to come. A must-have for any gig bag.
Planet Waves Beatles Signature Guitar Pick Tins, Logo, 15 picks
($4.84) Perfect for any Beatles fan! This set of 15 guitar picks contains album art spanning the entire Fab Four discography and is housed in a logo-embossed collectible tin.
Perri’s Leather Guitar Pick Key Chain
($3.49) Great for impromptu jam sessions or just letting the world at large know that a guitarist is in their midst. Sturdy leather construction prevents pick from warping while on the go.
Fretfunk Guitar Strap Pick Holder – Classic Edition
($4.99) Nothing is worse than dropping a pick during the middle of a gig. This pick holder snaps onto an existing guitar strap and ensures that there’s always a pick close at hand.