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Drum kit

A drum kit is a collection of drums arranged for convenient playing by a solo percussionist (drummer), usually for jazz, rock, or other types of contemporary music. Such a kit has been an integral part of most popular music since the jazz of the 1920s until the arrival of synthesised percussion replaced drums in some electronic music.

The exact collection of percussion instruments in a drum kit varies greatly according to the style of music being played and the preferences (and financial resources) of the drummer, but at a minimum a kit usually contains a bass drum mounted on the floor and played with a pedal, a snare drum on a stand, two or three tom-tom drums, some of which are mounted on top of the bass drum and the largest typically free-standing alongside it, a hi-hat (usually to the left of the bass drum, near the snare), a ride cymbal and a crash cymbal arranged on stands so that they are conveniently reachable above the snare and tom-toms. The drummer sits directly behind the bass drum, with their left foot on the hi-hat's pedal and their right on the bass pedal. They will be equipped with either drumsticks or brushes to play the other instruments in the kit.

Additions that drummers add may include a second bass drum, additional toms (either extending the range of the original set or occasionally providing a second set with a different tone), more cymbals, tambourines, woodblocks, cowbells, and electronic pads that trigger synthesisers when struck by a drumstick, amongst others.

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