One of the most interesting things about learning to play the drums, is the physical effort involved. This is always a surprise to the beginning player, because when you look at a set of drums you don’t immediately think that it can be hard work to use them. But, nothing could be further from the truth – the simple fact is that drums are perhaps one of the hardest instruments to use.
The drum set is not like a wedding set [and I use that example, because I just invested in a pair of diamond rings for myself and my partner] and some drums such as Taiko drums, can take years to build up the physical strength to master. Anyway, enough about bridal sets, (that is where I bought them) and back to the matter at hand – learning how to play drums, or rather – building up the physical strength needs to learn to play the drums.
An interesting way of building up the physical strength needed [apart from actually putting in the time on the drums] is to use something called a kettle bell, which is a weighted device which one can use to do push-ups press ups swings, and generally increase upper body strength. At the end of the day – is crucial to be able to play some bigger drums, although there are plenty of smaller drum sets available – even these require a certain amount of upper body strength, such as a snare drum, which is used with a thin small drumstick of very little weight.
But, if you compare this, to say the drum sticks required to play the Taiko drum – you can see what I am talking about. Most of us are simply not fit enough to do most of the exercises required to build up the strength needed, and must go through a process of building up their strength in order to do so. Another good way of starting, this is so simple exercises like push ups and tricep dips, neither of which require any financial outlay.
I’m not a musician, I’m a belly dancer. But it’s very important for a belly dancer to understand the music she’s dancing to – and for a Western dancer, some Arabic rhythms will be quite unfamiliar and take some getting used to.
Although you can get some idea of the beat by just dancing, and practising with zills will help too, there’s nothing quite like learning the belly dance drum or darbuka (also spelled debuka, and also known as a doumbek, dumbec, or tablah depending which part of the Middle East you come from) to master the rhythm properly.
If you’ve never played a drum before, you may imagine that it’s going to be quite simple. Not so! Although the darbuka looks like such a plain instrument – all you do is hit it with your hand, right? – there are so many ways to strike it, and you’ll be amazed at the number of different sounds it can produce in the hands of a skilful player:
The two basic sounds of the drum are what give it its name: “Dum” is the loud, deep tone, whereas “Bec” is the high, sharp cracking sound (which most belly dancers refer to as “Tek”). But as you can see in the videos, there’s a range of shades in between! Different techniques are used in different countries – you’ll notice a distinct difference between Turkish and Egyptian players, for instance.
A darbuka doesn’t have to be expensive – though once you’re a seasoned player, you may be tempted by some of the beautifully engraved models, which are often made of aluminium for lightness, though you will see them in copper occasionally. You may also want to upgrade to a more professional “skin” – which these days is likely to be plastic, but was traditionally fish skin or goat skin. If you do decide to learn the drum, be prepared to get hooked!
Drummers are a special breed and there’s really no one like them. If you take a look at any popular rock band, the drummer will stand out in some special way. They are usually soft-spoken and they definitely don’t command a lot of attention. But when it comes time to doing their job, they can outshine their bandmates on any occasion. When it comes to the glue that binds a band together, no one is more important than the drummer. It’s a special position that is often only appreciated by true music aficionados, but luckily more people are recognizing what it takes to be a great one. If you think it’s something that might interest you, then here are some things to understand before proceeding.
Drumming is definitely something that attracts a special group of people, and having an interest is a good start. But you also have to possess the natural ability to keep a good rhythm, and that’s not something everyone has. It might seem like a simple thing, but you have to have an internal metronome that keeps time almost in a mechanical way. When you think about how a song is played and what is necessary to keep one flowing smoothly, you’ll begin to understand the importance of the drummer. In a way, you’ll be the person responsible for the direction of the song and whether or not your band can pull it off. That’s a big responsibility, and it’s often one that goes unrewarded because the lead singer will get most of the recognition.
There are also special considerations for anybody who wants to become a drummer. First of all, you should expect to devote years to practice and preparation in order to get to the level you want. Anyone can sit in front of a drum set and bang the symbols or push the pedal, but sounding great is an entirely different matter. And when you think about it, practicing might not be as practical as with other instruments. Let’s face it, when you practice drumming it’s going to be allowed and it might disturb other members of your household, or even your neighbors. Unlike with an electric guitar, you can’t simply plug-in a few audio gadgets like wireless headphones to limit the noise. Fortunately, there are ways to soundproof certain rooms so that you won’t be disturbing so many people. And thanks to modern technology such as video games or karaoke machines, you have interesting musical alternatives to practice without requiring your bandmates to be present.
In the end, if you decided to become a drummer then you’ve certainly chosen a noble musical position. It’s also important to recognize the history of drumming and how far it has progressed. That’s why you should spend time listening to some of your favorite drummers and their rock bands. You’ll be able to hear subtle nuances and differences that distinguish their talent. Hopefully with dedication and practice, you’ll reach their heights one day.
The drum is a musical instrument of the percussion family. In various forms it is used in bands and orchestras to establish and maintain the rhythm of a composition. The drum consists of a wooden or metal cylinder with calfskin stretched tightly over one or both ends. Tension on the drumhead is maintained by thumbscrews around the perimeter of the cylinder.
The bass drum is the largest of all drums and produces a deep, thunderous sound of indefinite pitch. It has great resonance due to the deep wooden cylinder of its framework and the comparatively small amount of tension on its two heads. The bass drum is usually at least 32 inches in diameter and is struck with a long felt-headed mallet.
The timpani, or kettledrums, are the most essential percussion instruments in the orchestra. They can be tuned to a definite pitch and are generally used in groups of three or four to achieve a compass of slightly more than one octave.
The snare drum is a double-headed drum of smaller diameter and indefinite pitch. A series of cords, called snares, stretched across its underside gives the tone a sharp- crackling sound. With the snares released, the drum has a hollow sound resembling that of the tomtom. The tenor drum, also called field drum, is slightly larger than the snare drum and has no snares. It has a dull sound of little resonance and is used almost exclusively in military bands. Other small varieties of the drum include the tambourine, the tom-tom, and the bongo drums, all used occasionally for special effects in jazz groups, concert bands, and symphony orchestras. Along with other percussion instruments, drums are usually placed at the extreme rear of the musical ensemble.
The drum is one of the oldest of musical instruments and is known to have been used by the ancient Egyptians and Sumerians. It was first used in symphonic music near the end of the 17th century. Among the first composers to employ drums in their music were Purcell, Bach, Gluck, and Haydn.
Is there anywhere I can get my djembe to listen to San Antonio?
Toca synergy Djembe have. Should be to listen, but do not know exactly how. When I bought it at Sam Ash guy said it could take must be in tune. Then when it came time to upgrade, I called and they said they do not like getting dirty with this type of battery. He told me to dry some skin to tighten, but I have properly configured. Anyone know where or perhaps a tutorial very good detail I go? Thank you.
I paint my Mapex Q series drum kit. I know I have to be dismantled and the sand it and what no. But my real question is, do I have to remove the film de''''qu'elle in it? If so, how I can do this? And if I take the drum from collapsing?
Take the short film nescesary and easy. Find the seam, that heat with a hairdryer for a minute or two, then up the joint with a knife or spatula and remove the battery. Go slowly and carefully to avoid while pulling up the wood. The surface must remain intact the movie is just a cover that is not something together. Put "remove the film Drum" on google or web forums to search for battery manufacturers, as ghostnote Drumshed and detailed instructions. These forums are also a good place for ideas easy and economical way to finish.
When I hit my breaks, my car pulls to the left. My right drum is super hot. What could be the problem?
I was driving and noticed my car pulling to the left really hard when I break. I also noticed smoke rising from the right front of my car. and when I got home I put my hand to the right drum and felt 5 times the heat coming from it normally. The tires are fine and its on tight, But I cant tell if the break itself is shot or what is wrong. Any Ideas?
your caliber or drum is stuck. I dont know if you know this or not but breaks can and do catch on fire. You need to get that checked out immediatly…
What type of case/bag can I get for all my “business” electronics?
I have many electronics that I carry around. I have a laptop, PDA, cell phone, camera, iPod, Garmin GPS, and an XM Radio. I need something that will fit all this stuff along with the cords that allow me to hook some up to my laptop. I need all of these wil me all the time but don’t know of a bag/case to use that is easy to carry and looks nice. (Real opinions only please) Thanks.
Tumi makes very good laptop bags and gadget bags.
Protection for your portable gadgets, case & Bag multi-review