Playing on a Kit that Isn’t Yours


Playing on a Kit That Isn’t Yours


11 comments on “Playing on a Kit that Isn’t Yours

  1. Kirk says:

    I’M at the greatful point not the entitled point,but i hope i stay humble if i ever reach those goals.

  2. Susan says:

    I’m pretty tiny, 5’2″ and about 115 and when I play at the school, not allowed to change ANYTHING. They have the ride almost out of my reach and overhanging the floor tom. The rack toms are pretty far away over the kick. So my real concern is the reach. Any quick changes, and I am thrown off. Any thoughts?

    • Stephen says:

      Yea, so you’re roughly my wife’s size. That’s frustrating they won’t let you adjust anything. I’ve been there though. So I would actually spend some time in my practice time at home trying to recreate that setup and practice on it. That will help you adjust to the setting. As far as reach, get that throne closer to everything. And in those cases, I typically water down my playing a bit. So I’m playing simpler but I know I’m going to nail everything I play. I had to deal with a lot of practice room kits in school and that really helped me become a chameleon where the setup changes didn’t bother me too much. Hard to do, but think of it as a positive growth thing instead of a hindrance. That mindset shift will help as well, or it did for me.

  3. Sandra says:

    What about cymbals? Would you suggest bringing your own because sometimes other kits have some pretty nasty ‘garbage can’ lids that can really ruin the sound

  4. Mr says:

    I play for a brass band here in the UK, and we enter competitions. The large percussion / kit is often provided at these events to save every band bringing their own gear. Great.

    At one of these contest, I was half way through Michael Flatley’s “River Dance”, which is quite bass drum heavy – now I’m not a big hitter, but the bass drum pedal decided to – disassemble itself just before the final movement. And I mean there were ball bearings and parts falling off the thing!

    Fortunately I got through it by diving under the kit in the few bars rest I had and putting as much of it back together as I could. That was a very special experience.

    As a footnote, I also did a contest where each band played the same piece, where an anvil was required – and they didn’t supply an anvil! Yep, fifteen anvils back stage.

  5. Arjun says:

    My school drum kit is ridiculous. The seat they give us is on the floor, and then the Hi Hat is at my head height, so I scuff up my sticks when I hit it. As well as that, the toms, crash and ride were so high up I literally had to jump out of my seat every time I wanted to play them! And this kit was bought for 9-11 year old students to use!

  6. Will says:

    I’ve found that since I don’t let myself get stressed about other people’s gear at gigs I’ve gotten much more at ease playing in these situations and gigs have gone better for me.

    One thing I ALWAYS do though is adjust the snare and small Tom relative to each other to remove any possible lip at the bottom of the Tom where the tip of my stick could get caught under the Tom ring and fire out of my hand and across the stage.

    This happened to me a couple of years back and I’ve been super paranoid about it ever since!

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