Drum Set Part Names There can be many parts to a drum set. And, what can make this even more confusing for beginners is that a single drum set part can have 2 or even 3 names! The Drum Set Our instrument the “Drum Set” has a few names. Drum set, (most...
Drum Set Part Names
There can be many parts to a drum set. And, what can make this even more confusing for beginners is that a single drum set part can have 2 or even 3 names!
The Drum Set
Our instrument the “Drum Set” has a few names.
- Drum set, (most common)
- Drum kit, (kit for short)
- Trap kit, (really old term:)
Drum Set Part Names
The Bass Drum
I always call it the bass drum, but here is an alternate name…
- Kick drum
- Snare, (for short)
The most common name is the hi-tom, but here are alternate names for the instrument.
- Tom 1
- Rack 1
Medium tom and middle tom are the most common names for this drum.
- Middle tom
- Tom 2
- Rack 2
Floor tom and low tom are above even in the name of this voice of the instrument.
- Low tom
- Tom 3
Names Of Cymbals
The cymbal family consists of many types of cymbals. From really small cymbals to very large cymbals and special effects cymbals.
Here is my recommendation of the most commonly used cymbals.
I would recommend going to you local music store and checking out each one. First go through each family, (hi-hat), and try as many different sizes and brands as you can. You begin to develop a taste of what you like and don’t like.
Here are the names:
- Crash cymbal
- China cymbal
- Ride cymbal
Some larger cymbals, that are mostly used in orchestral music, can also be found behind a drum set
Most common drum set combinations
The most common drum set combination is a 5pce Drum Set.
5pce refers to the number of drums, NOT including the cymbals.
Bass drum, snare, hi-tom, medium tom, floor tom
Here are the drum set part names for a 5pce drum set.
The 5pce drum set is the most common drum set combination, and is widely used on all types of music.
The second most common drum set up would be a 4pce Drum Set, or what is sometimes referred to as a “Jazz Kit”.
Bass drum, snare, hi-tom, floor tom
Here are the drum set part names for a 4pce drum set.
The monster kit!!
Well, this is really not that big of a kit, but it does have more toms than a regular setup does.
Here are the drum set part names for a large drum set setup.
Kenny Aronoff Kit – Stepping outside of the box
I love Kenny’s kit. He has flipped his toms around so that his small tom, (hi-tom), is where the medium tom usually is, and…his floor tome sizes are flipped. I would recommend everyone give this a try to have you exit your comfort zone. By doing this you will be forced to think more creatively and you will be more aware of what you are playing and hitting, (instead of being on autopilot).
Not sure if drums are for you? Try out a few lessons, or rent a drum set!