I am dipping my toes in the water of getting a "real" drum kit -- by drumming standards, it's still pretty crap since it's (basically) the Alesis DM6 entry level electronic drum kit. But one thing I didn't even consider when making the leap is that I don't know where to properly place the drum heads and cymbals.
I am ashamed to admit I learned everything I know about drumming from playing Rock Band, and this includes the default layout of the drums and cymbals. I know, I know, but ... I'm trying to figure this stuff out as I go!
This is the default Rock Band kit layout, with 4 pads and 3 cymbals in a particular arrangement perhaps more determined by mass manufacturing than anything else:
Now if we look at this picture of a real, actual drum set …
… the default Rock Band drum/cymbal layout is maybe in the ballpark. But it seems there are important differences when you have a fully positionable set of drums. Is this picture representative of a "standard" or "typical" drum kit layout? (Yes, I realize that layout is of course a personal preference at some level, and there will be variance.)
Based on what I've seen, these positionable electronic drums should not mimic the default Rock Band setup, but perhaps should be more like so?
- Snare between your legs and significantly lower than the toms
- Hi-hat to the left of the snare, so I am now playing snare "crossed over" with my left hand and hihat with my right (as a righty)
- Two toms paired above, with a lower ("floor") tom to the far right
- Crash and Ride cymbals to the right and significantly higher than the toms?
I'm not looking for a perfect layout, just seeking advice on what's typical or standard in drumming. I want to break any bad positioning habits I might have accidentally developed from learning on the original Rock Band kit as I progress to the brave new world of real-ish electronic drum kits.