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Kick Drum Basics: 4 Tips for Playing the Bass Drum

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Nov 8, 2020 • 3 min read

A standard drum set consists of a kick drum (or bass drum), a snare drum, a floor tom, rack toms, and various cymbals including hi-hat, ride, and crash. Each of these musical instruments has its place in the overall drum kit, but when it comes to low-end frequencies and rhythmic propulsion, drummers lean heavily on the kick drum sound.