Drum sets are a group of drums, cymbals, and other percussion instruments. They are also called the trap set, drum kit, or simple drums. They are played by a single player with the use of drums sticks held in both hands the use of pedals operated by the feet.
Most schools and popular music use standard drum kits. These kits contain the following:
The bass drum is played through the pedal controlled by the right foot. It moves the felt covered beater. A snare drum is mounted on a stand. It is in the center of the player’s knees and played with drum sticks. It is a major drum in the drum set. It produces loud, sharp sound.
A hi hat is a pair of two cymbals mounted on a stand. It is opened and closed by left foot pedal and played with the drum sticks. It can also be played with the drum sticks alone.
Cymbals are mounted on a stand. They are played with the drum sticks.
The above drum set parts are categorized as the non-pitched percussion that allows the music to be scored via percussion notation. The other components: what are the parts of a drum set?
Some drum sets is composed of more parts which included the following:
Toms are also referred to as tom toms. These are the other drums that typically provide hollow sounds at various pitches depending on the drum size. Drum sets are usually composed of one or more suspended toms that are mounted on the bass drum top; these toms are called the hanging toms. Toms come in different sizes: from 6 inches to 18 inches in diameter and 3 inches to 6 inches in depth. They are classified into three: the high tom, mid tom, and floor tom. The high tom is the smallest one mounted over the bass drum. The mid tom is not usually included in a drum set. It is usually mounted on top of the bass drum beside the high tom. The floor tom, the largest among the three, is usually placed on a stand beside the drummer’s leg.
Cymbals The most common types of cymbals in a starter drum kit are the crash cymbals and the ride cymbals. The crash cymbals are mounted with the toms. They provide the loudest sound among the cymbals in a kit and they come in different sizes. On the other hand, the ride cymbals are typically placed near or above the floor tom. They measure 18 inches by 24 inches. They provide more gentle sound wash. One or two generic cymbals are usually included in a junior drum set. They do not have the sonic quality of full sized cymbals and are not specified to as crash cymbals or ride cymbals. The ride cymbal is a larger cymbal (20″ is a fairly typical size) that generally sits on the right hand side of the drum kit. It’s normally a heavier cymbal played with the tip of the drum stick to produce that distinctive ride ping sound. Crash cymbals are generally a bit smaller than ride cymbals – a typical size being 16″. They’re designed to be hit quite hard with a glancing blow from the shoulder of the stick. Normally crashes are used as accent notes, for example at the end of a fill, however you can also ‘ride’ the crash, playing powerful rhythmic patterns similar to what would be played on the hi-hats or ride cymbal. A splash cymbal is essentially a very small crash cymbal. A typical size is 8″ but they’re available in a range of sizes and variations to give extra texture to your playing. A splash is great to use as a subtle accent cymbal and because they’re small they can fit in places where other cymbals can't.