A standard modern kit (for a right-handed player), as used in popular music and taught in many music schools,contains:
- A snare drum, mounted on a specialized stand, placed between the player’s knees and played with drum sticks (which may include rutes or brushes).
- A bass drum, played by a pedal operated by the right foot.
- A hi-hat stand and cymbals, operated by the left foot and played with the sticks, particularly but not only the right hand stick.
- One or more tom-tom drums, played with the sticks.
- One or more cymbals, played with the sticks, particularly but not only the right hand stick.
A drum kit, drum set or trap set is a collection of drums and other percussion instruments set up to be played by a single player.Percussion instruments can be divided into three main categories: idiophones which when played give out their own natural sound, membranophones, which depend for their sound on a membrane stretched over a resonator, and chordophones, involving struck strings. The traditional drum kit is a collection including both idiophones and membranophones.More recently it has also included electronic instruments, with both hybrid and entirely electronic kits now in common use.