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Starting Drums is the ideal place to find Starter Drum Kits and Electronic Drum Kits for Beginners.

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Here you will learn about the anatomy of the drum kit, the lingo, the techniques and get access to top class tuition to help you go from a pencil tapper or steering wheel thrasher to a competent tub-thumper.

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Ride Cymbal

The ride cymbal is a standard cymbal in most drum kits. It maintains a steady rhythmic pattern[1], sometimes called a ride pattern, rather than the accent of a crash. It is normally placed on the extreme right (or dominant hand) of a drum kit, above the floor tom.

Crash Cymbal

A crash cymbal is a type of cymbal that produces a loud, sharp "crash" and is used mainly for occasional accent. One or two crash cymbals are a standard part of a drum kit.

Mounted Toms

A tom-tom drum (not to be confused with a tam-tam) is a cylindrical drum with no snare.

Snare Drum

The snare drum is a drum with strands of snares made of curled metal wire, metal cable, plastic cable, or gut cords stretched across the drumhead, typically the bottom . The snare drum is considered one of the most important drums of the drum kit.


A hi-hat, or hihat, is a type of cymbal and stand used as a typical part of a drum kit by percussionist. The hi-hat consists of two cymbals that are mounted on a stand, one on top of the other, and clashed together using a pedal on the stand. A narrow metal shaft or rod runs through both cymbals into a hollow tube and connects to the pedal. The top cymbal is connected to the rod with a clutch, while the bottom cymbal remains stationary resting on the hollow tube. The height of the top-cymbal (open position) is adjustable. When the foot plate of the pedal is pressed, the top cymbal crashes onto the bottom cymbal (closed hi-hat). When released, the top cymbal returns to its original position above the bottom cymbal (open hi-hat). A tension unit controls the amount of pressure required to lower the top cymbal, and how fast it returns to its open position.

Floor Tom

A floor tom is a double-headed tom-tom drum which usually stands on the floor on three legs. However, they can also be attached to a cymbal stand with a drum clamp. Not all drum kits include floor toms, but when used they are the largest and lowest tuned tom-toms in the kit. A common size for a floor tom is 16x16; that is, 16" in depth and 16" in diameter.

Bass Drum

In a drum kit, the bass drum is much smaller than in the traditional orchestral use, most commonly 22" or 20" in diameter. Sizes from 16" to 28" in diameter are available , with depths of 14" to 22", 18" or 16" being normal. The standard bass drum size of past years was 20" x 14", with 22" x 18" being the current standard. Many manufacturers are now popularizing the 'power drum' concept as with tom-toms, with an 18" depth (22" x 18") to further lower the drum's fundamental note.

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