The Drum Kit

Every drummer has his/her own individual drum set up. The drums that a drummer chooses to play has a big effect on the music that is heard. Traditionally, rock drums are of larger than average size, jazz drums are sometimes smaller. Also, some tub thumpers have massive drum set ups, others stick to a more basic kit; with one rack and one floor tom.

So many drummers at varying degrees of abiltity either overlook or are unsure about what drums they like/want/need.
Obviously there is no right or wrong answer, but certain choices may well serve them better than others.

If you’re unsure as to what choices to make (and I do not for one second, pretend to be all knowledgeable on this subject; quite the contrary), a good place to start to dissect this easily confusing process is to look at what your favourite drummers play. A little bit of research can be extremely beneficial.

Here then, are just a few examples of the set ups that my favourite drummers play or have played.

Dave GrohlThem Crooked Vultures:

Joey CastilloQueens of the Stone Age:

John Bonham – Led Zeppelin:

Chad SmithRed Hot Chili Peppers:

Matt SorumVelvet Revolver:

If you’re in a position where you’re confident with your choice of drums, but are not sure where to go from here, another area that cannot be overlooked is DRUM TUNING. Again, there is no right or wrong, it is entirely down to individual taste.

If you’re not overly confident on tuning your drums, click here for a simple tutorial from Gene Okamoto (from Pearl Corporation).


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