Find the best cymbal lessons, classes, and instructors at HeyKiki and learn how to play the cymbals. Ever hear an amazingly rockin' drum solo? Well, part of its intensity can be attributed to the strength of a cymbal. The percussion instrument is made up of a thinly plated alloy and have no definite pitch. In other words, when you hit them, expect any loud clash to result. A hole is screwed in the middle of cymbal to keep it upright, usually standing right next to a drummer's snare or foot, and the dome is the raised section surrounding that hole. However, cymbals can be used also by hand, which is the norm in Chinese music. It is an instrument that is intense and unpredictable, making it that much more fun to learn.