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How to set up your first cymbals

Published: Tue February 20, 2007

Every beginning drummer faces the same question: What is the best way to position the first basic cymbal set-up around the drum kit? The knowledge and experience that will help to guarantee a relaxed playing position on the drum kit is not something that the beginning drummer has. An important issue in ensuring comfortable playing is the correct positioning of the cymbals. Following are some valuable guidelines for the ambitious beginner.

The drum throne is the center of every drum kit and is also the most ergonomically crucial spot. Starting from here, it is essential that everything is comfortably accessible and easy to reach without having to twist or bend. All cymbals should lean and face towards the throne. This ensures long lasting and comfortable playing without physical problems.


NOTE: Positioning of cymbals is listed under the assumption of the drummer being right-handed. If the drummer is left-handed, please reverse the set-up.

CYMBAL SET-UP (from left to right)


Which crash cymbal weight corresponds with which style of music?

The MEINL  Byzance Series crashes are available in three different weights: thin, medium thin, and medium. Thin crashes have a fairly dark sound. They respond very quickly and have a short sustain. They are ideal for lighter and softer playing styles like Jazz and Fusion. Medium thin crashes show more richness and volume in their sound. They are ideal for Jazz, Fusion and Pop while offering a more cutting sound. Medium crashes reveal a full and rich sound with the ability to cut through a louder mix. They can be used in Jazz, Pop and Rock Music because of their wide frequency spectrum.


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