One of the more efficient ways to create variety and/or your own ‘voice’ on the drums is to rearrange your kit often, and occasionally gig with new set-ups. This way you are forced to adapt to new sound arrangements, and make adjustments ergo improvements to your technique and hand/foot independence. Doing so also keeps you from falling into ruts and or comfort zones that keep you from growing or challenging yourself as a musician. There is no ‘right’ way to experiment with this, but I like to use variations on the following set-ups, my seven default arrangements from which I create new ones by adding or subtracting hardware.
It is fun playing around with cowbells and cymbals – one of the unique pleasures of being a drummer or percussionist!