The ride cymbal is one of the most common cymbals drummers will have in their kit. A ride cymbal is used more for setting the groove and keeping time and less for crashing and accenting. Due to the frequency of use, drummers typically place the ride cymbal near their dominant hand for easier access and playability.
Ride cymbals range in size from 18” to 24” and vary in thickness, both of which can affect the projection, tone, pitch and sustain. If you play rock or metal music, you’ll definitely want a thicker ride that cranks out the volume and sharper sound and is tough enough to withstand a barrage of stick strokes and unrelenting attack. If you are in a jazz or fusion band, you may opt for the lighter sounds of a thinner weight cymbal. Most rides generally have a bell, or crown, on top that works well for accenting or creating special effects during musical progressions or on stage improvisations.