"Adapt the drums to you, not you to the drum set"
The drummer's mantra is: "Adapt the drums to you, not you to the drum set". This is probably the first lesson that all percussion students receive from their teachers when they sit for the first time in front of a drum set.
And if the drums aren't adapted to the needs of the drummer, it's possible that the musician gets in a wrong and potentially harmful position. Such a thing not only weakens the performance of the instrument but also affects the movement of the drummer and eventually can result in developing any injury to muscular level.
The same thing can be said about the technique, how to hold the sticks and the movement of the limbs, can become true enemies of a drummer and affect their health and longevity as a performer.
Things to Keep in Mind
In fact, there are many circumstances that play on the assembly of the drum set, the most important without a doubt is the performance of each drummer. Some are left-handed, others place the hi-hat on the right side, others like to hit the crash plate with their left hand, everyone has their preferences and little obsessions.
However, not all drummers are used to assemble the instrument according to their needs, perhaps because of ignorance or not to create good habits from the beginning. Another important factor is the physical constitution of each person, someone with long or rather short legs must consider his height and the very constitution of his body when positioning the drum set.
Of course, there is also an aesthetic issue, some drummers love that their drum set has an astonishing appearance although this implies a greater effort, and therefore difficulty, during the execution.
With the pass of time, every drummer ends up accepting that a more comfortable execution is better, rather than a striking appearance. Happily, many musicians are now aware of this and prefer to adapt their instruments to a more functional configuration.
Many experienced drummers commonly use the basic configuration of the drum set, as it allows them to play different styles comfortably, all without having to make changes. However, many have begun to study new possibilities for assemblage.
Some musicians place the Charles in the middle, to be able to play it with both hands, others have a bass drum to their left, next to the snare drum. The most ingrained tendency among drummers of all levels is to place on the right side the instruments that are played with the right hand and on their left those that play with the left hand, and in the center those that can be played with both hands.
Of course, in the end, it's important to think about the music style that will be executed, all in order to dispose of the drums in the most appropriate way. It may happen that, for some styles or genres, a basic configuration doesn't work, the good thing is that you can always discover and implement other configurations that adapt better to the specific needs of each gig.
The most important thing is that the drummer is always comfortable and that the reaching of each cymbal or drums doesn't represent a severe muscular tension, that the foot can properly handle the pedals, and learn the correct technique to grip drumsticks. In the next part, we will delve into the distribution of the elements of the drum set, stay tuned!