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The drum set is arguably the most iconic percussion instrument out there: it's used in almost every genre of music, it's loud, and it downright looks fun to play. But along with being fun, the drum set is also important. It is sometimes even called the backbone of all music. That is why it is important to understand the parts and setup of the drum kit.

The most simple of all drum kits requires a snare drum, bass drum, crash cymbal, hi-hat, and at least one tom-tom. Each of these individual instruments has its own unique sound and function. Let's look at a profile of each of these drums:

-The snare drum is often considers the primary drum of the drum set. It emits a sound that is sometimes described as a rattling gunshot. This is caused by a snare (why else would it be called a snare drum?) at the bottom of the interior of the drum. -The bass drum, or the floor drum, is played not with a stick, but with a mallet attached to a pedal controlled by your foot. It makes a low, wholesome sound that is often not heard over the loud volume of the other drums. -The crash cymbal is a circular brass instrument that is usually mounted on a stand. As the name suggests, the sound made by the instrument imitates a crash. -The hi-hat is made up of to small cymbals stacked on top of each other (one right side up and one upside-down) on a stand. A pedal attached at the bottom of the hi-hat stand is used to open and close the cymbals. When closed, the hi-hat produces a mere clicking noise, while when it's open, the two cymbals vibrate and crash against each other, similar to how concert crash cymbals sound. -Finally, the tom-tom is a drum similar to in appearance to the snare drum. Unlike the snare drum, however, it lacks a snare and may be open at the bottom. This drum is tuned, and can come in all different sizes.

Almost as important as the components of the kit is the setup. There is no "standard" setup; instead, drummers configure their set to satisfy their habits and tendencies, and to allow better fluency while playing.

The drum kit is a really unique instrument. By examining each part of this wonder, better understanding of it can be achieved. But the anatomy of a drum kit isn't just a square. Each set is unique, just like every drummer.


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