Standard Drum Set Up


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A drum kit (also drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments, such as cowbells, wood blocks, triangles, chimes, or tambourines, arranged for convenient playing by a single

drummer. The term "drum kit" seems to have come from England. It was first created in the 1700s. In the U.S., the terms "drum set", and "trap set" were more prevalent historically. The individual instruments of a drum kit are struck by a variety of implements held in the hand, including sticks, brushes, and mallets. Two notable exceptions include the bass drum, played by a foot-operated pedal, and the hi hat cymbals, which may be struck together using a foot pedal in addition to being played with sticks or brushes. Although other instruments can be played using a pedal, the feet are usually occupied by the bass drum and hi hat. Percussion notation is often used by drummers to signify which drum kit components are to be played. A full size drum set without all the extras has a bass drum, floor tom, snare drum, tom-toms, hi-hat cymbals, a ride cymbal and a crash cymbal.

Various music genres dictate the stylistically appropriate use of the drum kitís components. For example, in most forms of rock music, the bass drum, hi-hat and snare drum are the primary instruments used to create a drum beat:


Drums Cymbals
A - Bass Drum E - One Ride (or Crash/Ride)
B -  Snare Drum L - One crash (optional)
F & G - Tom-Toms (or Toms) C - Two Hi-Hat Cymbals
H - Floor Tom -
                                 Stands / Accessories   (drum set hardware)
M - Snare Stand
I - Cymbal Stand - make sure they have wing nuts for the tops (not shown)
D - Foot Pedal for Bass Drum
J -  Hi Hat Stand for Hi Hat cymbals
K - Hi Hat Clutch to hold top Hi Hat Cymbal
N - Mount for tom(s) to be mounted on Bass Drum
O - Throne or Seat (Optional: A chair may be used although it limits adjustibility)
H - Legs for the Floor Tom (if applicable, sometimes they're mounted on a stand)
Drum Key (for tuning) - Not shown

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