An instrumental history of the drums

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Wooden shells are made from large, thin panels of wood known as veneer. Floor toms have their own legs and stand on the floor. Beforeall drums that were used in standard drum kits were originally made from deerskin. Different drum sounds have different uses in music.

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Chandler became popular when he devised a way to play the bass drum by stepping on a pedal with his right foot, while at the same time playing the snare drum. A wide variety of sticks are used, including wooden sticks and sticks with soft beaters of felt on the end. At this time, manufacturers of musical instruments began making complete drum sets that looked very much like the modern drum kits that we know today. History[ edit ] Moche ceramic vessel depicting a drummer. Some drums, particularly in non-Western cultures, are played in ways other than being struck. Thicker shells produce louder drums. Schirmer Books, The future of drumming should be an interesting one then. That is something budding drummers could only dream of!

Hi-hats which first appeared in about consist of two cymbals sitting on top of each other and are used along with the snare and the bass drum to provide the foundation of the beat.

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Cymbals and Tom Toms, which were invented in China, were added to drum kits. The snare of a snare drum consists of thin strands of various materials such as steel, aluminum, plastic, or animal gut. The modern drum set-up evolved out of marching bands as well as the vaudeville and jazz eras. Most drums in Western music are nontunable. The boxes are then shipped to musicians, music stores, orchestras, marching bands, and other consumers. Yet despite their disadvantages, drum skins made from deer skin provided a very unique sound and tended to last a lot longer than plastic drum skins. Barrel and shallow-nailed drums are particularly associated with India and East Asia; notable are the taiko drums of Japan, made in various sizes and with nailed or rope-lashed heads.

Tightening the head i. The snare of a snare drum consists of thin strands of various materials such as steel, aluminum, plastic, or animal gut.

An instrumental history of the drums

As a discipline, drumming concentrates on training the body to punctuate, convey and interpret musical rhythmic intention to an audience and to the performer. This enabled musicians to finally start using drum kits that we know and use today. Here is a chronology of the history of the drum kit from prehistoric times right through to the 19th Century. However, military fanfare parades can still be found taking place today. Drums can be made from wood, metal and various synthetic materials such as fibreglass and acrylic in a variety of sizes and weights. The bass drum, a large tubular drum, was rare in Europe until the late eighteenth century. The pieces of veneer are then rolled together to form a cylinder consisting of about layers of veneer. Later the skin was taken from hunted game or cattle, and sticks were used. What new creations will be incorporated into future drum kits is anyone's guess.
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History of Drums