better or another, word for the left would be alternate.some refer to rides as left or right side?...don't get it.
Was going to say something similar. When I started out, indeed it was the 80s, and crash and ride types were very separated. There were a few crash rides around, but in general they didn't do anything well and seemed more like economic choices for beginners.You didn't attend the old school I went to. In mine, your second cymbal, usually on the left, was also a ride, although there was the thinking that it was a little easier to crash.
We're all shaped by our era and circumstances, but coming up as I did during the 60s in a provincial and vaguely jazz-oriented milieu, I didn't even know that crash cymbals existed. I certainly didn't know any drummer who had them. (Remember, this was before the internet. If it wasn't on "The Ed Sullivan Show," we weren't aware of it.) Zenstat has pointed out the impoverishment of my background by posting catalogs of the time and before listing crash cymbals for sale, but I was unaware of them. For me, it wasn't until circa 1970 when rock drummers started setting up a bunch of cymbals seemingly to crash that I noticed the dedicated crash cymbals, which by the 1980s were everywhere.Was going to say something similar. When I started out, indeed it was the 80s, and crash and ride types were very separated. There were a few crash rides around, but in general they didn't do anything well and seemed more like economic choices for beginners.
As I mentioned above, the two (or more) ride concept is a bebop jazz one and started in the 1940s, maybe early 50s. I didn't get that concept until after I bought my second dedicated crash cymbal. Fortunately it was somewhat useable as a ride so when I learned that having two rides might be more important (for jazz) than two crashes*, I was able to adjust without having to get another cymbal. Except for some 16" and smaller dedciated crashes, all my cymbals since then had to be able to serve as a ride as well, even though they were labeled crash.
*Interestingly, Roy Haynes, one of the remaining bebop-era drummers, does use one ride and two crashes.
I showed a picture of my large kit to a non musician once. He said holy(CENSORED) how do you know which one to hit at what time? I started to try explaining when I realized I have no good explanation. That’s the answer, there’s no real good explanation.Appreciate the imput a lot, but being old school, there were crash and ride cymbals, that's it. Moving forward I get the crash/ride and the ride/crash and from there, the cymbal industry took off and left me in the dust..I still play as a right handed drummer, ride on the right, crash or 2 on the left, or one on the right, maybe one on each side...then there's the middle, forgot that one...thx again