A drum set, also called a drum kit, or simply drums is a collection of drums and other percussion instruments combined together to be played by a single person with drumsticks in both hands. Let us look at the main parts of a drum set in detail.
The Snare Drum: The snare drum is one of the most important drums in a drum set. It is the cynosure of the set, mounted on a stand, placed between the player’s knees and played with drum sticks. It is commonly used to play the back beats.
The Bass Drum: The bass drum, commonly referred to as the kick drum or just kick is the largest of all the drums. It is played with the right foot using a pedal. It is commonly played on the upbeats to balance the snare drum back beat.
The Tom Toms: The tom toms or simply toms, are played with sticks or brushes and come in a wide range of sizes. Generally, you will have a high tom, mid tom and low/floor tom. They can be mounted over the bass drum or adjusted to sit independently on its three own legs.
The Hi-Hats: The hi-hats are two cymbals mounted on a stand played with sticks using the left foot pedal. They are the most dynamic of all drums due to the wide range of sounds that can be produced from the instrument.
The Cymbals: The other cymbals include the ride cymbal, crash cymbal, splash cymbal, china cymbal, cowbell etc, which are mounted on stands and played with sticks that provide a loud piercing impact for ending drum fills.
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