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Buy Guide: How to Differentiate between various types of Cymbals

Buy Guide: How to Differentiate between various types of Cymbals

A drum kit without Cymbals is like a plate of French Fries without salt and pepper. Cymbals are responsible for the tonal aspect of your kit. Below, we will talk about some types Cymbals that can add colour to your playing.

Ride Cymbal

The Ride Cymbal is responsible for holding the steady groove in most drumming styles. Keeping in mind that most drummers are right-handed, the ride is placed on the right side of the kit. You may also have come across some Ride Cymbals that provides a prolonged, slow crash. Such Cymbals are called Crash/Ride Cymbals. For smaller kits, Ride Cymbals are used as the only suspended Cymbal. Another type is the flat Ride Cymbals that lack the usual bell and are very popular among Jazz drummers.

Hi-Hat Cymbal

The Hi-Hat is usually played in conjunction with the bass and snare drum. It consists of two Cymbals mounted together on a stand and operated by a pedal that opens and closes the pair, allowing the drummer to create two different types of sound. The drummer can control the sound using his feet and the sustain of the Cymbals using various foot techniques.

Crash Cymbal

Instead of keeping a steady rhythm, Crash Cymbals are typically used more for accenting. Most kits have one or two Crash Cymbals. Rock and Metal drummers use two Crashes for more accenting. Crash Cymbals vary in sizes and thickness, as you can create different sounds with these. While most have a somewhat thin edge, the thickness of crashes varies substantially. Hard rock and metal drummers tend to favor thicker crashes.

Splash Cymbal

Splash Cymbals are the smallest Crash Cymbals. These are used for the same reasons a Crash Cymbal, to provide accenting. They were revived largely by Police drummer Stewart Copeland, and heavier splashes suited to rock soon appeared. China-type Cymbals with a diameter under 14" are sometimes referred to as china splashes, though this designation varies with manufacturers.

China Cymbal

The China Cymbal's name originates with its visual and sonic similarities to Chinese gongs. The typical china bell is cone-shaped and is turned up at its edge where the bell meets the Cymbal's bow. Most Chinas have little or no taper to their thickness, but there are exceptions to all these gross generalities. Chinas usually range between 12"-26" in diameter. The thing that most defines a China is its sound that's described as dark, trashy, and explosive.

As with Chinas and Splashes, which are often considered types of effects Cymbals, the exact definition of effects Cymbals is elusive. Generally speaking, they are used in non-rhythmic ways to provide bursts of tonal color and accents. When pang and swish Cymbals—two types of effect Cymbals—are used in place of a classic ride, they are usually not thought of as effects Cymbals any longer.

Now you have an idea of different types of Cymbals. You can ask a few of your drummer friends or follow our guide above.