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How To Set Up A Drum Kit

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With the drums being such a physical instrument it's important to fit the drum-kit around the drummer, so whatever works for you is really the best thing. However in this guide you will see how a conventional drum-kit is setup in a quick and easy way.
What you'll need: 
Kick drum
Kick pedal
Snare drum
Tom-toms and floor tom
Hi-hats and cymbals
Hi-hat clutch
Drum Stool
Stands and Felts
Drum key
Imagine a circle with a 6ft diameter, as this is roughly the amount of space you will need. Position the drum stool inside this circle, at the base.
From your drum stool you should build your kit around you so place the kick drum in front of the stool. Attach the kick pedal and adjust your stool so your knees are not too bent when playing.
Attach snare drum to it's stand and position it between your legs, placing the high-hat stand on the other side. Attach the tom-toms to the kick pedal and set them to the appropriate height and angle. Place the floor tom opposite the snare and ensure the toms run down smoothly in height and angle, away from the snare.
Place the bottom hi-hat cymbal on the hi-hat stand, the attach the hi-hat clutch to the top hi-hat. The slide this onto the hi-hat stand and attach all other cymbals to their stands, placing felts in-between firstly the stand and cymbal, then the cymbal and clasp.
Bring all the cymbals closer to you without becoming crowded and really fine tune the heights and angles of all the components to suit your playing needs.
You can adjust the spring in the kick pedal using a screw usually on the side, or adjust how much the hi-hat pedal opens the hi-hat. This is one by adjusting the clutch.
The snare, tom and floor tom drums can all be tuned, to manipulate and enhance the sound. Using a drum-key you can tighten or loosen the skin with the screws on the side.
With all these things in place, it's time to start playing! No doubt within five or six minutes you'll want to change the angle of the snare or lower the cymbals, and whatever works for you is the right thing to do.
Many different drummers have many different styles and fundamentally it's all about making a great sound in the easiest physical way.
Try different positions or heights, a technique that may seem hard might be easier if perhaps your stool was adjusted, or your stands repositioned.
A tip for tuning toms; dampen the skin and lightly tap by where the screws fasten. The pitch of the tap should be the same all the way round if the drum is tuned equally.
Always wear ear protection when playing the drums. Continued playing without ear protection will damage your ears over time.


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