How many crash cymbals do you need?
Typically, most drummers use one or two crash cymbals and one ride cymbal. Your ride cymbal should be set up to your right, usually just over the floor tom. If you're using one crash cymbal, set it up to the left of your kit somewhere between your snare drum and your mounted tom.
Similarly, do I need two crash cymbals?
Maybe for a fusion-type gig, which I never have, I might bring china, splash, bell cymbals, as well as a small crash, but mostly it's jazz with a house kit, so the classic two-crash-rides set-up, maybe plus a flat ride, works best.
Moreover, how long should crash cymbals last?
On average, cymbals last for 5-10 years before they crack or wear out. How long a cymbal will last depends on the build quality of the cymbals, the drummer's playing technique, how often the cymbals are used, and how they are mounted on the cymbal stands.
In addition, why do crash cymbals have holes?
The rivets are tiny holes that are punched within the cymbal to be able to accommodate a chain through the cymbal hole producing a sizzle effect. Jazz ride cymbals that feature rivets and chains create a really beautiful range of sounds whilst played.
And, what's the difference between a ride and a crash cymbal?
Whereas crash cymbals are typically used for accents, ride cymbals are used to play steady patterns, often in a similar manner to hi-hats. Whereas a crash has a sound that is rich and explosive, rides tend to have a shimmering, sustaining sound.
Thus, why do drummers have 2 crash cymbals?
Suspended crash cymbals are also used in bands and orchestras, either played with a drumstick or rolled with a pair of mallets to produce a slower, swelling crash. Sometimes a drummer may hit two different crash cymbals in a kit at the same time to produce a very loud accent, usually in rock music.
Still, why do metal drummers have so many cymbals?
Why do some drummers have so many cymbals? The most common reason for having more than one cymbal on a drum is to use cymbals to get a brighter or fuller sound. Some percussionists want to have a subtle sound, some want an aggressive sound and some want a combination.
Thereof, how does cymbal size affect sound?
Larger cymbals generally have more volume, longer sustain and slower response than smaller cymbals. Bigger Cymbals = Increased Volume, Longer Sustain, and Bigger Sound.
Likewise, how do you choose a crash cymbal?
Crash cymbals: When struck on their edge fairly hard with a stick, crash cymbals should have a good explosive sound that's not too long in duration. Sizes typically range from 14 to 18, and a nice 16 is a good size for starters. A general rule is the thicker the cymbal, the higher the pitch.
Then, do cymbals sound better with age?
In short, yes. Cymbals sound better with age. As cymbals age, they produce a dark and mellow sound, compared to the bright and loud sound on newer cymbals. And many drummers prefer the dark and mellow sound of an aged cymbal.
Nevertheless, do cymbals have a break in period?
Do Cymbals Break In? In short, yes. Cymbals break in over an extended period of usage. As you frequently play the cymbal, over time, they weaken and become softer.
Also, why do my cymbals sound bad?
If your cymbals are cracked, dented, or key-holed, the sound can be permanently impaired. While cracks and dents are obvious, key-holing is less so.