How to set up your drums

One Up One Down

Senior Member
I never considered the fulcrum of the base drum beater. I'm going to check that out when I get home from work! Thanks for posting that
 

Steady Freddy

Pioneer Member
I think a lot of guys on here who would benefit from this article.

1. Hi hat too far to the rear. Not in line with the bass drum pedal causing the body to twist to the left.

2. Snare drum way too low to hit rim shots.

3. Floor toms too far out to the right.

Those seem to be the big three I see.

What about you guys?
 

alparrott

Platinum Member
I think a lot of guys on here who would benefit from this article.

1. Hi hat too far to the rear. Not in line with the bass drum pedal causing the body to twist to the left.

2. Snare drum way too low to hit rim shots.

3. Floor toms too far out to the right.

Those seem to be the big three I see.

What about you guys?
Rack toms angled too far, and/or angled in a "Y" far apart (see every "Tom Angles" thread entry ever).
 

CommanderRoss

Silver Member
Very helpful.
Too many players fit their bodies to the kit rather than the other way around.

I tried an experiment where I put my upper tom where my ride would normally be. Now all 3 toms (1 up, 2 down) are on my right side. Ride is right over the kick, hi-hat & left side crash are in their normal position.

It made it to where I didn't have to cross over the ride to get to the first floor tom. Made for a quicker run of the toms and easier cymbal play.

Great thread!
 
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