A basic drum kit setup consists of a bass drum, tom-tom drums, a snare drum, and cymbals. Many drummers, especially beginners, do well with this setup, but if you have been considering expanding your drums, there are many directions you can go in. Many drummers add several types of cymbals to their kits and there are special pedals you can purchase if you are looking for the double bass sound. Once you have decided why you are adding to your kit and what you want to achieve sound-wise, here are some ideas to keep in mind.
When looking into drum pedals as a way of expanding your drums, make sure you prioritize the control the pedal allows and the feel of it under your foot. The drum pedal should feel like an extension of your leg so that you are able to respond in time during play. You want a pedal that has a smooth feel, one that can easily keep up with your playing style. If you are looking into double pedals, consider the various drives and technologies used during construction. You don’t want a drum pedal that slows you down or throws off your groove.
There is such a variety of cymbals that it should easy to find one that offers the sound you have in mind. In fact, you might end up adding several cymbals while expanding your drums, because they are an easy and satisfying way to diversify your sound. Cymbals come in a variety of types, with crash, ride, hi-hat, splash, and China being the most common. While those are some basic types of cymbals, there is a wide-range of sound within each group. It is always best to play cymbals prior to purchase so that you know exactly what sound you will be working with.
The throne is another aspect you may consider when expanding your drums. While it may not seem like it, the drummer’s seat, or throne, is one of the most important pieces of a drum kit. From the throne, all sorts of magic is achieved, so it is best to invest in a quality seat that offers the comfort, size, and adjustability appropriate for those long drumming sessions. These days, drumming thrones come in a variety of shapes and some even have backs on them, similar to the look of desk chairs.
Expanding your drums is something that can increase your productivity, creativity, and pleasure. With add-ons and accessories, your drum kit can indeed become your favorite piece of furniture. Everyone has their own style when it comes to looks or brand preferences, so find what works for you and use it to make your drumming experience the best it can be.