Intro to Comm. T R 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
01 October 2014
What is the absolute best sound in the world? Is it the crashing of waves, the sound of a V8 hemi, or the sound of a credit card being swiped and approved? For a musician, in particular a percussionist, the sound of a drum set would be their favorite sound in the world. Today I am going to briefly talk about the origin of the drum, the components of the modern drum set, and the benefits of drumming.
I) Percussion instruments have been used since prehistoric times. A) Drums are found in nearly every culture in the world and have existed since before 6000 B.C. (“drum.”). 1) The first drumming in drums history was a series clapping of hands and hitting the chest or knees with open hands. (“drum.”). a) The various rhythms were adapted using this method, although they were limited. b) This was due to the fact that the volume one could create simply wasn’t enough, and was painful to create the high volumes by the hands and body. (McKosato) c) Therefore, the drum was developed to overcome this problem. 2) Adapted by ancient Greeks and Romans.
a) Used tubular drums with skins stretched over both ends of hollow shell/log. b) Have had ceremonial, sacred, and symbolic associations.
B) Many different drums slowly became popular over the last couple centuries. 1) Bass drum (large tubular drum), and the timpani were rare in Europe till the late 19th century, in which it became an important part of orchestra music. a) Snare and tenor drum (bigger version of the snare w/out the snare), were used primarily for military purposes until the 19th century---marching band. -- During the 20th century, percussion instruments of all kind became important in both orchestral music and in popular music; such as rock, metal, jazz, and punk, which use an actual drum set. Definition: a musical instrument which produces sound by the vibration of a stretched membrane (head). II) The drum set...
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McKosato, Harlan. "Drums: Heartbeat of Mother Earth." Drums: Heartbeat of Mother Earth. Rivista, July-Aug. 2009. Web. 02 Oct. 2014.
"How Products Are Made." How Drum Is Made. Advameg, Inc., 13 Mar. 2013. Web. 01 Oct. 2014.
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