How To Set Up A Drum Set

Easy Drumming That Sounds Hard

In this free drum lesson, Jared Falk shows you how he sets up his drum set in a step-by-step approach while elaborating on the dos and don’ts of setting up each instrument. The idea behind this free drum lessons it that of having you set things up to maximize your comfort behind the drum set, which will in turn benefit your playing tremendously. This is the first lesson you should watch on DrumLessons.com, whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced drummer.

When setting up your kit you may feel tempted to do it like your favorite drummers. You must realize that setting up a drum set should be a question of comfort. No two drummers have the same body measurements. Your favorite drummer’s setup might work perfectly for him but be very inadequate for you. The best thing you can do is experiment with the positioning of the instruments on your drum set. Look for the setup that optimizes your playing without sacrificing your comfort.

If you’ve just bought your first drum set – may it be electronic, acoustic, or made out of practice pads – you’ll find the tips herein extremely helpful. Even extremely advanced drummers like Vinnie Colaiuta have had their fair amount of issues with the way they used to setup their drum sets. So don’t think for a minute that just because you’re an intermediate or advanced drummer you won’t have anything to learn from this free drum lesson.

Once you’re done setting up your drum set it’s time to tune the drums. We encourage you to check the free drum lesson “How To Tune Your Snare Drum” to get started right away. If you’d rather start playing, check the free drum lesson “How To Hold Your Drumsticks” instead. There, you’ll learn all about how to grip the drumsticks properly, which is an essential aspect of playing drum set.




  • Samantha says:

    I used to learn years ago now I’ve lost it all I’m at a beginner level I want to learn again

  • victor says:

    i want to be a good drummer.

  • Damian says:

    Hey, I have a 9 peice Westbury kit made up of 1 snare, 1 bass, 1 floor Tom and 6 over head Tom’s, 4 on separate stands in pairs of two, I am not sure how to set it up do you have an Idea, get back to me via email.

  • Lourie says:

    There are some fascinating deadlines in this article however I don

  • Alegun banky says:

    I want to be a wicked drummer……….

    • Marilyn says:

      Wow, I think you will be a great OB. It seems like you have a real love for children, faemliis, and people in general. Sad to say that those qualities are rare traits in todays world. I believe not just anyone should be in just any job because you could be in a job that you hate and end up making everyone who comes in contact with you at work miserable. You have the joy and care to be great at your job and effect those you will be working around not only by your knowledge , but by your love for what you do.

  • Ed Boruff says:

    Could you break down the different cymbal types as far as beginner, advanced or pro. Like Zildjian K-series, Avedis, ZHT. ZBT etc.

  • amine says:

    so nice !!!!!

  • Lanny Meekins says:


    Thanks much! I have been running a Gibraltor rack setup now for the past 20 years and have been clamping my HH stand to rack ensuring no movement. Currently attempting to utilized a stand setup similar to yours w/a few differences. Do you have a problem with HH stand walking during the gig? Thanks in advance.


  • felix emmanuel says:

    i love this site as a drummer

  • Tiferet says:

    Hi Jared, I have a little problem about setting toms. I have a beginner kit and my toms are on the bass drum, they aren’t attached to cymbal stands, and I don’t know how to set it up in order to feel comfortable..

    Thank you!

  • Paw says:

    show me a partern

  • mike says:

    great lessons as usual
    I am left footed but right handed
    so setting up is a bit of a problem for me ok I can have the bass on a double pedal but what about the hi-hat
    I only play on an electronic kit so its not much of an issue but watching this lesson I did wonder how you would set up an acoustic kit

  • Warren Watts says:

    I know that most people perfer double pedals, but could a video be created to help people that perfer 2 bass drums?

  • Kathleen says:

    Thanks Jared! This really helps!

  • kristian says:

    howw works the beat you are using at 10:50, its look very nice!!

  • Callum says:

    Hi Jared,
    I recently brought a new drum kit because my old one was a beginner kit and there were restrictions on how comfortably I could set it up.
    The problem with my new drum kit is toms, I cant get the rack toms to sit comfortably over the floor tom.
    What size is your floor tom? Mine is 20 inches but for some reason (maybe my toms are too deep) if I want a more horizontal angle on the toms, there is simply no way.
    Thank you for any advice you can give me,

    • Alex says:

      Your rack sits on an axle type contraption which is connected to the base drum. On that certain contraption, there should be a knob which allows you to freely move the entire rack up and down. This way, your toms can have a flatter angle without having the rims to be in contact with the base drum. The only problem is (and this problem may always occur on the type of rack toms) that this means you may have to change the height at which you sit, and maybe even the entire kit. Remember what Jared said, it isn’t easy to be 100% sure about your setup in case you feel that something is always wrong with it (I still do too, after 6 years drumming). Hope this helps!

    • Callum says:

      Thank you Alex 🙂

  • i love it says:

    am never see that…this is was amazing

  • Aman says:

    it’s a thrill watching u’r video. thanx!

  • Prathamesh Chari says:

    Its kya baat hai!!!!!!!!!Jared sir……. Nice drum lessons:) I have a problem with toms between high n mid tom i need your help….!!!!

  • Hank says:

    Hi, guys.
    That would be nice if you numbered the videos – so one could get a clear idea of the program structure.

  • Travis Rowland, Jr. says:

    why don’t you use your china?

  • dawid says:

    hi jared,
    i have toms mounted to my bass drum and they feel too far a way any sugestions

  • dawid says:

    i like your drum kit and the way you set it up but honestly i dont see the point pf putting the splash on a stand when you can get a mount to put on yur floor tom

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  • Herny says:

    it is good video to easily get the right way…enjoy drumming…

  • Vince says:

    This is so great,
    I just ordered my first drum set (e-drums though) and have no idea how to do anything, and this site just rocks, thanks so much guys!

  • awesomex123 says:

    how do left handers set this up?

    • Alex says:

      It depends. If you prefer everything Ie Your snare, and hi-hat being on your right side, put them on your right side. Some lefties prefer playing with everything on the left, but play the hi-hat with their left hand (meaning the sticks don’t cross over each other). Hope this helped!

  • Jared Falk says:

    Hope this helps guys

  • leon says:

    HiJard, Ive been playing drums about eight yrs now, but I’m still learing. I retired from truck driveing for about ten yrs ago, I wanted to play the the drums after i retired. I played when I was in my 20ts but I didn’t now what I was doing. Know I’m doing a lot better with the help drumming dvd ,one by Tommy Igo and few other drummers. Now I have your web sit now I can learn more. I’m still waiting for Mick Mc drumming lessions in the mail.
    I do like the way you showed how to set the drum set. I’m still exspirmenting, I found out it does make a lot differents in how you can play. I learned about doing my fills that my timeing is off. I seen by whatching you I did not know that you don’t have to play the bass drum, thats why my timeing is of. And I could go on. I’m 68yrs old and I’m haveing fun in my yrs, Keep up the good work Jared’ My the good Lord BLESS YOU AMEN! Leon Ross in Bay City Mi. 9/16/11


  • Wyatt says:

    How Can I tighten my hi-hat? because right now it sounds like a crash cymbol. I do not know much about drums and I have no clue how to tighten it so please help

    • Dan says:

      at the very top of the top cymbal is a clutch that you can unscrew. Then put push down the pedal, very slightly and retighten the clutch. If it’s still too high then do it again, but push the pedal down less.

  • LittleRoot says:

    Thanks a lot i’m just begining to play the drums and this lessons are wonderful to me. I’ll keep going lesson by lesson to improve my skills.

    Great job Jared, i’m sure your web is going to be at the ten top on the web.

  • Allen says:

    Great lesson Jarred!..keep up the good work!

  • Cristian says:

    Why no chinas? I have play a few days ago a china splash of 12” and is the weirdest cymbal I have play, but also was good after a couple of uses.

  • Barry says:

    This has to be the Best Drum Lessons web-site, Ive had ever seen.

    No-body comes Close, Period !

  • diegochangos says:

    God, you’re awesome.

  • Pavel says:

    i also saw that Weckl’s video :S

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