Everybody in the gear world wants to tell you all the things you need for your drum kit. Well I'm here to tell you what you don't. Here's three things you can leave home on Sunday.
1. The Double Kick Pedal
For most styles of music including worship, you want to keep you kick pattern simple and solid and a lot of drummers have a hard enough time doing that with one pedal. Double kick patterns can become distracting. Now if you play a lot of Van Halen in your off time, it might be worth having one, but leave it at home on Sunday.
2. A Gazillion Toms
When I first started playing drums I wanted the biggest and most impressive kit around. I had 8", 10" and 12" rack toms and 14" and 16" floor toms and I looked ridiculous. Now I just play one rack tom and one on the floor. Having less toms (or drums in general) actually pushes you to be more creative with your grooves. Not to mention it looks a lot cleaner and there's less to setup/tear down. Can I get an "Amen"?
3. The Gong Show
I used to play a ton of cymbals to go with that huge tom collection, but I've come to realize that you should be able to get away with a set of hats, a ride and a crash. That's not to say I wouldn't bring another cymbal or two into the mix depending on the sound for a certain song, but I've played full gigs with a set of hats and a ride and wasn't left wanting.
Having a huge kit usually turns out to be more work than it's worth for the gigging musician. Of course, if you've got roadies, you can ignore everything I just said. PANAMA!!! Oh, and if you haven't signed up for drum lessons at Worship Artistry, I'd love for you to join me. You can jump in here.