Drums LessonsParts Of A Drum Set

March 31, 2021
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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.

  1. Drum set, (most common)
  2. Drum kit, (kit for short)
  3. 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 Drum

(alternate name)

  • Snare, (for short)

 

High-tom

The most common name is the hi-tom, but here are alternate names for the instrument.

  • Tom 1
  • Rack 1

 

Medium tom

Medium tom and middle tom are the most common names for this drum.

(alternate names)

  • Middle tom
  • Tom 2
  • Rack 2

 

Floor tom

Floor tom and low tom are above even in the name of this voice of the instrument.

(alternate names)

  • 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:

  • Hi-Hat
  • Crash cymbal
  • China cymbal
  • Ride cymbal
  • Splash

 

Some larger cymbals, that are mostly used in orchestral music, can also be found behind a drum set

  • Tam-Tam
  • Gong

 

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.

Drum Set Part Names

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.

4pce.Drum.Set.Names

Although mostly associated the jazz drummers, the 4pce kit was also largely adapted by rock drummers as well.  A short list being John Bonham and Dave Grohl.

 

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.

Large Drum Set - Part Names

Some names that come to mind when we think of “monster” kits are Neil Peart, Terry Bozzio, Mike Mangini and Mike Portnoy.

 

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).

Kenny Aronoff Drum Set Up

 

Not sure if drums are for you?  Try out a few lessons, or rent a drum set!

 

Stay cool and be creative!!