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Drums

There an abundance of different types of drums in the world. Therefore, it can be confusing to pick which drum meets your needs. If you are new to drumming or just want to try a different one, this guide will help you find the instrument you're looking for.

What are the parts of a drum?

While different drums from around the world can have different parts, many have a few basic components in common:

  • Batter-head: This membrane is the top part that is hit with the hands or sticks.
  • Hoop: Designed to hold the batter-head in place, it is usually made of metal or wood.
  • Shell: This part forms the sides and is usually made of wood, fiberglass, or acrylic.
  • Tension rods: These parts thread into lugs and help hold the head tight.
  • Bottom head: This bottom membrane helps to determine the attack and tone.
What types of drums are found in a marching band?

There are three types of drums played by the drumline. Snares are the center of the tempo, and most drumlines carry them with an over-the-shoulder harness. Tenors usually consists of a set of three to six drums, although players occasionally play only one. Different size bass pitch drums allow drumline players to play a melody.

What parts are in a drum kit?

Each drum kit contains four basic parts. They are:

  • Snares: A short cylinder drum with snares on the underside are usually placed between the player's knees and played with drumsticks on top.
  • Bass: These low-pitched instruments are often played by tapping a pedal on the floor.
  • Tom: Most tom rock sets have a 12-inch, 13-inch, and floor tom. Fusion tom sets usually have a 12-inch, 13-inch, and 16-inch drums.
  • Cymbals: Cymbals usually complete the drum set. These can be made of bronze, brass, or nickel silver, among other metals.

What types of African drums are there?

There are many different types of drums from Africa including:

  • Ashiko: Shaped like a cut-off cone, this instrument produces three distinct tones.
  • Bata: This three-instrument set is played with a stick or the hands and is often used in Cuban romance music.
  • Bougarabou: This cylinder-shaped instrument is often played while wearing bangles to provide a full-percussion sound.
  • Djembe: Shaped like a mallet, this large goat-skinned instrument is also quite loud.
  • Djun-djun: A two-headed bass instrument that is often played in sets with other instruments.
  • Dundun: Shaped like an hourglass, you go to play this instrument with a curved beater, and it can be used to send messages to neighboring tribes.
  • Rik: This handheld instrument is similar to a tambourine and is often shaken instead of being hit.
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