Dynamics on the Drum Set

Dynamics or the relative loudness of sound as it relates to the drum set is an important and complex topic. First, the drum set is already a collection of different instruments that each have their own characteristics of sound and capacity for volume. So, there are questions of the balance of dynamics within the drum set itself. Then, there is the issue of the volume of the entire drum set sound in relation to other instruments in an ensemble. ​ Additional nuance is introduced to the equation when we consider different styles of music. There is often even a difference between sections of a given composition. It would be easy if one could say that in a particular kind of music (let’s use th

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