History of the Drums
Drums have been around ever since 4000 years before Christ. They first made their appearance in Egypt. In those days drums were made out of alligator skins. These skins were discovered in Neolithic cultures throughout China. Alligator skins were around from 5500 to 2350 years before Christ. Drums were also used in a variety of ritual ceremonies.
This fantastic instrument has also been used in the military and in art.
The Drums Use in the Military
The Chinese military were the first troops to make use of this instrument. They were used to help keep their troops motivated. They would also assist in developing a pace for marching. The Chinese military would also use them to make a call for announcements or for orders. The drums would often be used during war to make changes to an outcome of a major battle.
The Drums Use in Art
There are times when drums may be used to express emotions. Particularly in communication, entertainment and spiritualism. Drums were often played during religious or spiritual passages, or during prayer times. Over the years, drumming has become a very powerful form of art. It is often used in dances. They may also be used for discipline of all kinds. The drums are often use for creating rhythms in all kinds of music.
Other Uses of the Drums
Most of the time drums will be played by a couple of sticks. One stick in each hand. The hand then strikes the drums with the stick. Drums can be used in music therapy. This is because they have a tactical nature, and a range of people can use them. You will also hear drums being played in jazz and other popular music genres. These genres refer to drums as a drum kid or a drum set. Most of them will also come with cymbals.
Construction of the Drums
Most drums are often in the shape of a shell. They have a circular opening where the head of the drum has been stretched. The rest of the shell will vary accordingly. In the western countries of the world, most drums will be a cylinder shape. These particularly drums can be opened one end of them. Some will have a couple of heads. Others will have one head. They can also be used in orchestra’s will have their head sitting on top of the opening of the drum. A counter hoop will then be held onto the shell. Some drums in orchestra’s will also come with a foot pedal. This can be tuned to exact pitches of what the sound is to be.
What the Sound Is Like
The sound of this instrument will depend on a few different factors. This includes the way the instrument has been constructed, its shape and its type. They have a wide variety of uses and sounds in music. For example, in jazz, they will have a high pitch sound and they will be quiet. If in rock however, they will be dry and low-pitched and will be very loud. Each type will have their own individual and unique sound.