The most common configuration for a drum kit used in rock and pop music is the five-piece drum set, the number five referring to the number of drums in the kit (snare drum, bass drum, two high toms, and a floor tom). In rock music, it is common for the drummer to play the drums with both hands.
This is called “double-hand drumming” and is a common technique used by many rock drummers. However, this is not always the case. In some cases, a drummer will play with only one hand, such as when playing the snare or bass drums.
How much does it cost to build a drum set?
Most professionals choose to purchase a shell pack with hardware, then add specific drums or cymbals that they feel are best suited to their style of music. If you don’t have the time or money to invest in a professional kit, you can still get a great sounding drum kit for a fraction of the cost.
What sound does a hi-hat make?
When struck closed or played with the pedal, the hi-hat gives a short, crisp, muted percussive sound, referred to as a “chick”. Adjusting the gap between the cymbals can change the sound of the open hi-hat from a shimmering, sustained tone to something similar to that of a snare drum. In the video below, you can hear the difference in sound between open and closed Hi-Hats.
Why are tom drums called toms?
Non-snare drums were called tom toms because of the sound they produced. In the early 20th century drums imported from China were called tom-toms. In the late 1800s, drummers in the United States began to use the term “tom-tom” to refer to the drums they used to play. The term was also used in Europe and Australia.
Are drums harder than guitar?
Yes, generally speaking, drums are harder than the guitar. Both instruments require the same amount of work to play at a professional level. If you want to have fun with music as quickly as possible, the guitar is the way to go.
Do drummers make money?
Depending on the type of gig the drummer plays, album royalties, and how often you perform, this number can vary greatly. Professional drummers will make more than $100,00 per year, while drummers that teach or work on cruise ships will bring in $30,000 per year.
Why is a floor tom called a floor tom?
The hi-tom and mid-toms are often referred to as ‘rack toms’, as they sit either on or over the bass drum using a rack stand. The lowest pitched tom is the floor tom. It’s called a floor tom because it often comes with legs that sit on the floor. They are usually made of wood or plastic, and have a low pitched sound.