A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments, such as a cowbell, wood block, chimes or tambourines, arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer.

The individual instruments of a drum kit are struck by a variety of implements held in the hand, including sticks, brushes, and mallets. Two notable exceptions include the bass drum, played by a foot-operated pedal, and the hi hat cymbals, which use a foot pedal in addition to the normal striking motion. Although other instruments can be used on a pedal, it is not common, as the feet are usually occupied by these two. Percussion notation is often used by drummers to signify which drum kit components are to be played.

Differing music styles implement the components of a drum kit in different manners. For example, in most forms of rock music, the bass drum and snare drum are the primary instruments used to create a drum beat. In jazz, however, the ride cymbal and hi hats (or brushed snare drum and hi hats) usually fill this role.

Drum Kit Components Edit

The exact collection of drum kit components depends on factors like musical style, personal preference, financial resources, and transportation options of the drummer. Cymbal, hi-hat, and tom-tom stands, as well as bass drum pedals and drummer thrones, are often referred to as "hardware."

See alsoEdit

Audio samples
Component Content Audio (Vorbis)
Snare Unmuffled snare drum Template:Audio
Muffled snare drum Template:Audio
Rim click on a snare Template:Audio
Bass drum Muffled bass drum Template:Audio
Toms 8-inch (20 cm) rack tom Template:Audio
12-inch (30 cm) rack tom Template:Audio
Floor tom Template:Audio
Hi-hat Closed hi-hat Template:Audio
Open hi-hat Template:Audio
Hi-hat being opened and closed by its foot pedal Template:Audio
Crash Crash cymbal Template:Audio
Ride Hit normally Template:Audio
Hit on the bell of the cymbal Template:Audio
Hit on the edge Template:Audio
Beat A typical rock beat on hi-hat Template:Audio
Typical rock beat on ride cymbal Template:Audio
See the Drums category at Wikipedia Commons for more


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