Play Drums Properly: The Basic Arrangement of Acoustic Drum Sets

Now that you have a complete acoustic drum set, the next step is to set it up. First of all, you need to remember that the drum set should be arranged in a way where you will be able to play all of the components in a comfortable sitting position.

Whether you have a four-piece, five-piece, or six-piece drum set, the arrangement for it will vary with one drummer to another. There are really no rules in the arrangement of the drum kit. This means that the arrangement will largely depend on you.

To start arranging the drum set, you need to know how large your kit will be. If you have the basic drum set, you will have a four or five-piece drum set. This means that you will have a bass drum, a snare drum, two mounted toms and one floor tom. For the six-piece drum set, you will have one bass drum, one snare drum, two mounted toms, and two floor toms.

Just keep in mind that the larger the drum set, the more space you will need for setting it up and you will also have more equipment to transport.

When you are positioning the drums, you need to make sure that each drum is easy for you to hit with the drum stick in just one stroke. And, you should be able to do so comfortably while you are sitting down on the drum chair or what most drummers call the throne.

You can also try adjusting the angle of each drum if you are not comfortable with the initial set up. And, adjusting the angle will allow you to execute rim shots comfortably if it is called for.

You also need to keep in mind that you should try placing the entire set on a rug in order to prevent it from sliding away from you, which will happen if you place it in a smooth surface.

Electric drum kits can also be mixed in with the acoustic drum set. Again, you should place them where you are able to hit them with the drum stick easily and comfortably.

After setting up the drum set, the next thing that you should set up are the cymbals. So, just what are the types of cymbals you need in order to complete the entire kit? For basic kits, you only need three cymbals, namely the crash, hi-hat, and the ride.
You need to remember that cymbals are available in different brands. Always go for reliable brands that are known to produce good quality cymbals, such as Zildjian, Sabian, or Paiste. Although it is recommended that you buy the same brand together, you can still mix it up a bit.

A good quality cymbal may cost a bit more money but because of its quality in terms of sound and durability, it will be well-worth your money.

The stands for the cymbals should also be considered. If you have heavy cymbals, you need to have a stand that is more solid in construction.

Other accessories for drum sets would be double bass pedals if you play double bass, chimes, cowbell, and even gongs. It’s really a matter of personal preference.

These are the basics of arranging the drum set. There are really no rules in arranging it. The point here is to arrange it in a way where you will be able to comfortably play the drums.

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