Rack

A metal assembly that surrounds the drum set and holds the top parts of cymbal stands as well as multiple tom toms. Its purpose is to save room underneath where multiple drum stands can often crowd the drum...

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Rack Toms

The mounted tom toms on a drum set, whether they are mounted on the bass drum, on a stand, or on a drum rack.

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Rainstick

A long hollowed out piece of wood that is filled with beads or pebbles. When turned upside down, it makes the sound of rain falling until all of the beads have reached the bottom of the...

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Resonators

The metal pipes that extend below the bars on a marimba, xylophone, or vibraphone. They carry the sound vibrations from the bar out of the instrument.

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Rhythm

The systematic arrangement of musical sounds, which creates a flowing and/or syncopated pulse. Here are some examples of different...

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Ride Cymbal

The primary cymbal that often keeps time while playing a standard beat. It is usually 18” to 22” around, making it larger than the rest of the cymbals on a drum...

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Rim

The metal hoop that keeps the drumhead in place. It fastens down onto the drumhead by screws (or tension rods) that go through holes in the rim. A rim must be checked occasionally for proper...

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Rimshot

Striking both the head and the rim of a drum at the same time with one stroke. The effect is a louder, more forceful sound.

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Rudiments

Rudimentary beats used to create independence between the two hands (and feet) in drumming. These beats can then be manipulated around the drumset or with any percussion...

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