Play what works for you

In today’s entry I want to talk about drum kit set-ups. Everyone has their own preferences that work for them. Unfortunately many people are not willing to experiment with their set-ups for fear of looking different from what they consider to be “acceptable” mainstream configurations. There are even drummers who go as far as to set up their drums in a way that they find aesthetically pleasing (i.e. symmetrical toms, high cymbals) even if it is not comfortable to them. These drummers tend to be more concerned with how they look rather than how they play. This can negatively affect both their health and sound. Another aspect of drum kit set-ups is what pieces to use. Some drummers believe you must have a certain quantity or type of equipment to get the job done. I have run the gambit in this regard. I’ve used kits that were half acoustic drums and half sample pads, another with three hi-hats and no other cymbals and even a three piece with a bass drum and two snares. I’ve also switched it up by setting my cymbals high and low, my toms slanted and flat, my toms with bottom heads and no bottom heads, and my drums muffled or wide open. I seem to be constantly experimenting and exploring my own creativity. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. My point in all of this is to convey the notion that it doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it works for you. There is no acceptable or unacceptable way to set-up your drums and you should never allow anyone else to influence your choices. Don’t worry about the aesthetics or the number of drums or cymbals that you have or don’t have. Your drum kit should be an extension of your personality. Don’t be afraid to be you. (Below: Daru Jone’s unique set-up)

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