You Know Drums
By Coloring Buddy Mike
You know the drum is a percussion musical instrument.
Percussion instruments are struck, scraped, rubbed, or slapped and they don't feel a thing!
You've heard that drums have a membrane. It is called a drumhead or drum skin. The drum head is struck and produces the sounds. The drum head can be made of polyester mylar or leather animal skin.
The shell of a drum body is usually made of wood. Trees of maple, birch, and poplar are popular with drummers. Some drum shells are made of metals like steel, aluminum, brass, and bronze. Hard plastics are, also, used to make drums.
The hardware that holds the drum together are made of steel or wood or strong plastic.
The Basic Drum Kit or Drum Trap Set
There are four fundamental drums that make up the drum kit. The snare drum, mounted tom, floor tom, and the bass drum.
- The drummers who cannot move around on the stage or studio need their instruments to stay put. Drum instruments for recording bands, entertainment musicians, or orchestra performers are mounted on three or four legged stands. Walking or running marching band musicians strap their drums onto their shoulders or waists.
- SNARE DRUMS create a short, snap crack sound. Snares are mounted on a stand. MOUNTED TOMS-TOMS are placed on a stand. Toms generate a moderate bass sound.
- FLOOR TOMS have their own legs to stand on. They have lower bass sound that is higher than the bass drum.
- BASS DRUMS have the lowest bass sound. The drum head is struck by a pedal or mallet.
Most beginner drummers use four drums to make their craft.
Did you know advanced drummers and professional drummers create complex trap sets? Their kits can have twelve or more drums, cymbols, bells, tambourines and other percussion instruments. They can pound each one with their eyes closed! Wow!