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Top View of a Drummer

The Drums

Beaters and drummers

Drummers mainly use sticks brushes or mallets

To play the drums and cymbals.

Sticks and mallets give the loudest sound, while brushes are quiet.

Ride cymbal

This cymbal is often played with a stick to produce a “riding” rhythm.

Crash cymbal

This cymbal as its name suggests, gives a resounding crash. When struck with a stick, and can be used to mark a dramatic climax in a piece of music. The crash cymbal is

suspended from an adjustable stand.

Floor tom

This large tom-tom gives a deep resonant note.

The drummer may use mallets to play the tom-toms or strike them with the palms of the hands.

By Cormac 


The Drum

The drum is a member of the percussion group of musical instruments. In the Hornbostel-Sachs classification system ,it is a membranophone. Drums consists of at least one membrane called a drum head or drum skin, that is stretched over a shell and struck, either directly with the players hands, or with a percussion mallet to produce sound.. There is usually a resonance head on the underside of the drum , typically tuned to a slightly lower pitch than the top drumhead. Other techniques have been used to cause drums to make sounds , such as the thumb roll. Drums are the worlds oldest and most  ubiquitous musical instruments and the basic design has remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years.

By Lauren

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