All ⚠️ Types of Drums in a Drum Set

Keno Hellmann    Updated on 30 Sep 2022

Are you looking for all types of drums in a drum set? Then this blog post is exactly what you were looking for. Read on and let me know in the comments if there are any questions left.

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If you are new to playing drums, there are many questions coming up. Some refer to particular drum techniques, rhythms, drum fills and drum rudiments, others to the drum set and its pertaining instruments. 

Because it can be difficult to find a reliable resource, which answers your question right away, I created this resource page about all types of drums in a drum set.

If you cannot find the answer you were looking for, please leave a comment below.

Let's begin!

What drums are in a drum set?

There are different kinds of drum set configurations consisting of different amounts of drums. In a 5-piece drum set, for example, there are 5 drums included: 1st. Snare drum, 2nd. Bass (Kick) Drum, 3rd. High Tom, 4th. Middle Tom, 5th. Low (Stand/Floor) Tom.

Different types of drums in a drum set

In my article about all drum set parts, I already mentioned a lot of the following drums which belong to a drum set.

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In the following table you will find all types of drums in a drum set categorized by size and drum set configuration:

Type of drum

Configuration

Amount

Link to drum

20"/22" Bass Drum

5-piece drum set

1x

14" Snare Drum

5-piece drum set

1x

10"/12" Hi-Tom

5-piece drum set

1x

12"/13" Mid-Tom

5-piece drum set

1x

14"/16" Low-Tom

5-piece drum set

1x

20"/22 Bass Drum

7-piece drum set

1x

14" Snare Drum

7-piece drum set

1x

8" Hi-Tom

7-piece drum set

1x

10" Mid-Tom

7-piece drum set

1x

12" Mid-Tom

7-piece drum set

1x

14" Low-Tom

7-piece drum set

1x

16/18" Low-Tom

7-piece drum set

1x

20"/22" Bass Drum

8/9-piece drum set

2x

14" Snare Drum

8/9-piece drum set

1x

12"/13" Snare Drum

8/9-piece drum set

1x

8" Hi-Tom

8/9-piece drum set

1x

10" Mid-Tom

8/9-piece drum set

1x

12" Mid-Tom

8/9-piece drum set

1x

14" Low-Tom

8/9-piece drum set

1x

16" Low-tom

8/9-piece drum set

1x

18" Low-Tom

8/9-piece drum set

1x

Extra and specialty drums

Apart from the standard drums shown in the table above, there are many specialty drums which can be added to any drum kit.

Here are a few of them:

Tama Metalworks

These specialty drums by Tama are available in different (unusual) sizes and create crisp and high pitch snare drum sounds.

Roto Toms

Roto Toms generate a unique high-pitch drum sound, which can be used in many music styles.

Concert toms

Concert toms have a very distinct sound and are only equipped with a batter head. One of the most popular examples of a drum set consisting of concert toms is Phil Collins' Gretsch drum kit.

Octobans

Octobans are unique drums which are available in different depths. Depending on the depth the sound of these drums can generate all kinds of sounds from high to low.

Conclusion

Any drum set can be extended by any drum like tom toms, snares, and specialty drums.

The only reason to do or don't extend your drum kit is the sound you are aiming for. That's why you will discover as many drum set configurations as there are drummers on earth.

Which types of drums do you use at your drum kit?

Please let me know in the comments!

Talk soon and enjoy playing drums!

Keno Hellmann

Keno is a professional drummer & blogger from Hamburg, Germany.
In his career, he played drums for prominent artists like Elton John and popular German bands like Rosenstolz, Big Soul and others.
Since 2004 he's also teaching drums to students of all age-groups from beginners to advanced and semi-professional drummers.

He loves kitesurfing in Germany's North Sea & Egypt's Red Sea, cooking, and he is a big supporter of the HSV football team.

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