The Ideal Setup
What drum set you have isn't nearly as important as how your drums are set up. It's very important for us drummers to make our kits as comfortable to play as possible, because a wonky kit setup can cause unnecessary mistakes in our playing. It doesn't matter how many cymbals and toms you have if your kit isn't set up ergonomically.
What makes a setup optimal will vary from drummer to drummer based on personal preference, but there are some general rules, such as:
- Don't sit too far away from or too close to the bass drum
- Snare drum isn't too high or low
- Hi hat and bass drum are set up so both feet can operate comfortably
- Hi hat isn't too close to the snare drum (height)
- Cymbals are angled properly
These are just a few of the things to keep in mind when setting up our drums. Since much of this comes down to personal preference, it's important that we take note of which setups work and which setups don't, what we like and what we don't, and in time we'll define our own ideal setup.