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Ride Cymbals

Another standard cymbal that can be found on most drum kit is the ride cymbal. A ride cymbal's main purpose is to provide a steady rhythm rather than accents.

Drummers usually place this instrument near their dominant hand for convenience. Though ride cymbals are designed primarily for the purpose of making a sustained, shimmering sound, they can be modified according to the drummer's sound requirement.

The sound of a ride cymbal is influenced by the size and thickness of the cymbal and the kind of mallet used to hit it with. Smaller and thinner cymbals make shimmering sounds more than the thick ones. You'll get a smooth, quiet sound if you hit it with wooden drum sticks. Hitting it with nylon-tipped sticks will give you a sharper tone. You will get a low, steady beat if you hit it with a brush.

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