Drum set [drum kit, trap set]
- Thomas J. Kernan
[drum kit, trap set]
A collection of percussion instruments comprised of assorted drums, cymbals, and accessories, but organized around three core components: snare drum, bass drum, and suspended cymbal. A single drummer performs simultaneously on the instruments of the drum set. This requires coordination and independence of limbs, since often both hands and feet control implements for striking one or more instruments. The drum set provides the primary percussion parts in jazz and most popular American musical styles of the 20th century, including but not limited to country and western, rock and roll, and rhythm and blues.
Drum set components developed from percussion instruments used in military and civic bands in the 19th century. These ensembles, often marching groups, featured two percussion parts: one for snare drum and one for bass drum and cymbal. Usually a single musician played both bass drum and cymbal. Mounting the cymbal on the shell of the bass drum allowed the performer to strike the drum with a beater in the right hand while also striking the cymbal with either another cymbal or a stick held in the left hand....