Snare, Cymbals, Stands And Accessories Setup Guide Part Five

On a regular right handed kit setup, the ride cymbal should be placed above the floor tom on the right side of your kit. Because the ride cymbal is made to be played on its top and not its edge, like the crash cymbal, it should not be placed up as high as the crash cymbal. Be careful not to place it low enough so that it knocks against the top of your floor tom, either. Be a little Goldilocks again, ind find just the right height for you.

Now it's time to go have some porridge because your kit is all set up. Special effect cymbals usually don't come with a beginner's kit, but can be added later. These include splash cymbals (tiny crash cymbals) or china type cymbals, which can sound like either a really bad trash can lid or a really good one. China type cymbals have very unique upturned edges and are made to be mounted upside down on a cymbal stand so that the underside or shoulder of the cymbal is easily struck, creating a very intense barking type of sound, sending cats on the run for miles around and creating a chain reaction of dogs barking throughout your neighborhood. In drumming there is not only a right way and a wrong way, but there's also a right way and a left way to set up your kit.

I've shown you the way to set up your drum kit for a right handed (and right footed) person. I suppose the majority of people in the world are right handed, but maybe you're left handed. If you are left handed, then there is a good chance that you're left footed also. In that case, your drum setup would be identical to a right handed setup as far as where all the parts of the kit would go in relation to each other, but completely reversed, as in a mirror. For example, in a right handed setup, the snare drum would be between your legs, and the hi hats would be to your left.

Your left foot would be on the hi hat pedal, your right foot would be on the bass drum pedal, and the toms would go from smallest to largest from left to right in front of you. In a left handed setup, the snare drum would still be between your legs, but the hi hats would be to your right, with your right foot on the hi hat pedal, your left foot on the bass drum pedal, and the drums in descending order from right to left in front of you.

No special gear needs to be added to your kit if you're left handed. The only possible drawback to playing on a left handed setup is that you would have to reverse everything on someone else's kit if you wanted to play a friend's right handed kit or if you wanted to sit in with a band whose drummer is already set up in a right handed manner. I have a couple of students who play a left handed setup, and it just takes a few minutes to reverse everything when it's their turn for a lesson. It's really not that big of a deal, but it is something to be aware of if you're a left handed person.