A typical drum set consists of several drums, including a snare drum, bass drum, toms, and a combination of crash, ride and hi-hat cymbals. These instrument combinations are a result of time-honored drumming traditions and can provide a wide range of sounds.
The two most played drums in a drum kit are without a doubt the bass and snare drums. Many drummers agree that snare drums reign supreme out of all the drums in a kit. They are sharp, crisp and provides everything from that great rock and roll backbeat to the subtle comping used in jazz. The bass drum anchors the kit and is played with a foot pedal. It keeps the tempo and beat, providing a steady backdrop to the music.
Toms are a mini set of drums within the drum set and may be attached to the much larger bass drum. These drums are suited to the mid range tones and when grouped together in different sizes, toms produce different pitches that create depth within any song.
Cymbals provide accent tones, as well, and are thought to create a more emotional response within the music.
A basic drum set is ideal for new drummers and old pros alike and can adjust to almost any personal sound or style, from rock and country to jazz and pop. Knowing the various components of your drum kit is just as important as knowing how to use it.