Step One: Find a drum set. I know, you already know that. But let’s talk about what we mean by “drum set”. Here is a drum set:
I count six drums, five cymbals, and a pair of hi-hats.
Here is another drum set:
Here we only see four drums, two cymbals, and a pair of hi-hats.
And we can down-size even more.
I have played gigs with just a bass drum, snare drum, and hi-hats and it came off without a hitch. Those three instruments are a great start to building your drum set if you are on a budget. After bass, snare, and hi-hat I would get a ride cymbal.
The tom drums are fun and add a lot of color and expression but they aren’t necessary if you are just starting out and learning to play your first grooves.
So there you have it: bass drum (also called a “kick drum”), snare drum, and hi-hats. That’s really all you need to get started. Find a pair of sticks and something to sit on and get to work having fun!