Toms Question - High Tom, Med Tom, Low Tom, Floor Tom

georgeusa

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Toms Question - High Tom, Med Tom, Low Tom, Floor Tom

so if a song you know has 3 hits on each of the toms above from high to low pitch......


but your kit has only High Tom and Floor Tom, what would you do? split them into 6 into High and 6 into Floor? or would you also incorporate the kick somehow?

just checking what is done in this cases

thanks
 

C.M. Jones

Well-known member
I play a four-piece kit: snare, bass, 12" tom, and 16" floor tom. Obviously, if I'm playing a cover in which the original drummer is executing a riff that incorporates four or five different toms, I don't have the tonal options at my disposal to emulate his exact pattern. My philosophy: Who cares? You can maintain the structural and rhythmic integrity of any song by improvising its fills. Keep the groove and essential accents in place and the rest is up to you. Don't feel pressured to adhere to note-for-note renditions. Often, the drummer you're attempting to copy doesn't even copy himself in live performances.
 

harryconway

Platinum Member
Toms Question - High Tom, Med Tom, Low Tom, Floor Tom ..... so if a song you know has 3 hits on each of the toms above from high to low pitch ...... or would you also incorporate the kick somehow?
What came to mind, in this basic scenario .... more notes ..... but a 4 tom fill ..... Cream's "White Room" ..... and on a 4 piece. What I did was first fill on the snare, then rack tom, then floor tom, then kick drum.
 

iCe

Senior Member
Toms Question - High Tom, Med Tom, Low Tom, Floor Tom

so if a song you know has 3 hits on each of the toms above from high to low pitch......


but your kit has only High Tom and Floor Tom, what would you do? split them into 6 into High and 6 into Floor? or would you also incorporate the kick somehow?

just checking what is done in this cases

thanks
Depends on the song and feel, but most of the time on a small kit i split it between the available toms or when i feel metallicious i will throw in a gratuitous burst of double bass
 

bud7h4

Silver Member
I saw a guy playing Tom Sawyer on a 4 or 5 pc and when it came to the tom fills after the guitar solo he played down the toms, up the toms, and back down, and it sounds really good.
 

Dr_Watso

Platinum Member
Just want to say, your original idea is just fine too. Splitting evenly often works great.

You can also start to think about the dynamics and how you hit each drum. By varying the sound of each hit you can make things sound well, more varied.
 

bud7h4

Silver Member
You can also start to think about the dynamics and how you hit each drum. By varying the sound of each hit you can make things sound well, more varied.
This x100. With good dynamics even a single, simple pattern can be musical and actually sound far more complex than it is. You can vary the subdivisions too.
 

johnwesley

Silver Member
D

damn that looks pretty. That’s the first time I’ve seen your kit altogether from the front. It’s a little quirky looking but very nice, and the quirky looking suits you I’d say haha
Thanks. I've always been considered a quirk. Sometimes a son of a quirk.
 

Phil A.

Junior Member
I had to think about this when I was transcribing a nice descending tom fill from Tony Williams' Fred. I just replaced the mid-tom with the floor tom. With the accents in the same spot it pretty much captured the essence.
 

moodman

Well-known member
I played Easy Lover with3 toms, 1st tom alone/1st with 2nd/2nd alone/2nd with 3rd /3rd alone gave me 5
 
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