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Setting up your own drum set is easy. In fact, it doesn't even take too much time to have your drum set up. What you really need to have this task done is to just have a spot where you can place the instrument and to know the basic parts of it in order to have it setup appropriately. So with no further ado, here's the list of the parts along with their individual roles in completing solid beats and sounds that boost music's spirit. 1. Drum heads or Bass Drum - this is the foundation of your drum kit. It is placed on the floor and positioned in the middle. A pedal is also attached to this hardware wherein you can use your foot to make beats from it. Basically, it is the part of the instrument that creates the deepest tone. 2. Snare Drum - it's the smallest drum on the set that has its own stand, which can be placed on the right or left part of the set (depends if you're left or right handed). This part has wires (could be nylon or just a wire) placed under it, which is called "snares", and that's why it's called a snare drum. These wires give the crispy sound it produces. 3. HiHat - a hat looking hardware, where in 2 small cymbals are placed that claps together when the foot pedal is used. It's naturally placed beside the snare drum. This cymbal is capable of creating chic sound when closed and "clang" when the 2 cymbals are left open. 4. Crash Cymbal - primarily used as punctuation on beat patterns, which usually put emphasis to song parts that necessitates accents. They come in many sizes and thickness, which all differs in terms of created crashing sounds. 5. Ride Cymbal - the biggest cymbal in the instrument, and is thicker than most cymbals that can be used as a substitute for the HiHat in creating a metronomic beat, but produces a much defined sound. Can also be used in playing louder sounds to go along with a climactic part of a song. This cymbal is naturally placed on the right part of the drum set. The best thing about this cymbal is that it allows you to create many types of sounds that you can experiment with, whether it's loud or smooth sailing resonance. 6. Tom toms - varies in sizes and sounds that can be produced (ranges from 6 to 18 inches), wherein the sound created differs from its size (deeper sounds from larger toms). Tom toms are mounted on the drum head and usually placed according to its size. However, I personally choose to use only one tom (the one that has higher tone, which is called the "high tom"). 7. Floor tom - this is the largest among all the toms and has its own legs which can be placed on the floor (usually at the far right of the drum kit). It is the tom that produces the deepest bass sound, almost similar to the sound that the drum head provides but slightly lighter.

8. Drum sticks - off course, without these 2, you will not be able to play the instrument, as you might say this part is very vital to your drum kit.

Jason Acidre is an experimental music enthusiast who writes more tips about drum set up [] and cymbals set up [] on his blog.

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