12 essential drum accessories every player needs

There’s a whole world of drum accessories out there designed to separate a drummer from their cash, but not all of them can be deemed ‘essential’. For this guide we’re only focusing on the genuinely useful tools we feel every drummer should carry with them, not just the latest fads – many of our choices were inspired by not having them on a session or gig and realising we sorely needed them.

So what can be classed as an essential drum accessory? We’re talking about items that will help you troubleshoot your gear in a fix, ensure you can practise long after the neighbours have gone to bed and keep all your must-have drum accessories organised. We’ve included some hearing protection here too, because a good pair of ears is more essential to a drummer than their sticks.