It’s the little details that can make a big difference. It’s the extra 10 minutes you spend learning an awesome drum riff or how to play a tricky drum fill. These are all the things that not everyone sees, but which can make all the difference on stage. The same goes for your setup, even though it may seem like only secondary aspects. A good setup is what makes the biggest difference between playing and performing – especially if you are just starting out as a drummer. You don’t have to be a pro to have a killer setup; it only takes some practice and some useful tips to get there and sound your best as soon as possible. Let’s take a look at some of these tips for new drummers so that you can have an optimal drum setup from the first time you hit those skins.
Know Your Kit and Its Limitations
What are the limitations of your kit? What are the strengths of your kit? A lot of this has to do with the cymbals you have in your kit. How many cymbals do you have? What is the difference in size of the various cymbals you have? Where are the cymbals positioned and in relation to your drums? What kind of ride cymbal do you have? What kind of hi-hats do you have? These are all questions you should ask yourself when setting up your kit. If you know what you have, it will make it much easier to decide how to position your drums and cymbals, and which drums to choose for each part. It will also make it easier to find replacement drums and cymbals as you need to once in a while.
What does your kit sound like? What does your kit sound like in relation to what you want it to sound like? Where do your drums and cymbals sound best? What volume do the drums sound best at? Is your kit loud enough? What volume do the cymbals sound best at? Is your cymbal volume loud enough? These are all questions you should ask yourself when setting up your kit. If you know what your kit sounds like, it will make it much easier to decide where to position your drums and cymbals. It will also make it easier to find replacement drums and cymbals as you need to once in a while.
Start With a Solid Drum Set-Up
First and foremost, your drums should be set up properly. This means that the drums are in tune, they are set at the right height, they are in the right position, the heads are installed and tensioned properly, and the drumheads have the right amount of tension. If your drums are not set up properly, you will have a hard time playing them. You will be fighting against them as you try to make them do what you want them to do. You will not be able to play properly and you will not sound as good as you can. Setting up your drums may take a little longer than it might seem at first glance. You can’t just throw them up on the stand and call it a day. No, you need to use a little bit of finesse and get it done right. First, you will need to tune the drums. Start by putting a drum key on each drum hoop. Next, you need to make sure the drums are positioned correctly. They should be positioned at the right height. You also need to make sure the drums are in the right position.
Add Good Quality, Well-Matched Drums
How many drums do you have? What are the sizes of the drums in your kit? Are the drums in your kit of the same type? What kind of coating are the drumheads? How much tension is on the drumheads? Do the drums sound good together? These are all questions you should ask yourself when choosing drums for your kit. Drums are not cheap, but they are a very important part of a drum set. If the drums are not of high quality, they will not sound good. They will not sound like drums – they will sound like crap. They will not be able to withstand heavy playing and they will break easily. They will also not be able to produce a good sound. They will be flat and lifeless. The drums in your kit are the backbone of the sound you produce. If the drums are not good, you will not sound good. But if the drums are good, you will sound good even if you are a new drummer.
Add Good Tensioning and Coated Strings
What kind of strings do you use? Are they coated or non-coated? What kind of string tension do you use? What kind of string thickness do you use? Are your strings properly tensioned? These are all questions you should ask yourself when choosing strings for your kit. The strings on your kit are what give each drum its tone. They are the source of your sound. The right strings will make your drums sound the way you want them to. The wrong strings will make your drums sound terrible. You need to make sure the strings you choose are properly tensioned. You also need to make sure they have the right string thickness.
Add a Foot Stool and a Decent Monitor Mixer
What kind of foot stool do you have? What is the height of the stool? What is the width of the stool? What is the type of the stool? Are there any other accessories for your stool? These are all questions you should ask yourself when choosing a foot stool. The foot stool is the thing that allows you to adjust the height of your drum set. Without it, you would have to bend down too much while playing. You would not be able to play comfortably and would risk straining your back. You would also have a hard time fitting into the rest of the band because you would be too tall.
Setting up your drums properly, choosing the right drums and cymbals, and making sure everything is in tune is not something that is done in 10 minutes. It can take hours – even days – depending on the situation. But it is worth it. It is worth the investment of your time and effort because it will pay off in the end with a better drum sound and a better performance overall. A good setup will make your life as a drummer so much easier and will help take your skills to the next level.