History of Drums
Facts about Drums
Interesting Facts about Drums and Drumming
Drums were with us from the dawn of mankind. First as natural objects that we could hit, but later made as real drums, with membranes made of skins of animals.
Modern configuration of drum sets become in use during first years of 20th century. Before that musical bands used more than one person to control drums in orchestras.
Brushes that create softer drum sound were used in drumming ever since 1920s.
Drums are the most important part of the rhythm section of any band.
Many bands around the world are famous not only by their singers or composers, but by the style of their drummers.
Popular drum manufacturer Ludwing became famous for their first product - foot-pedal for tarp drums.
Modern shape of drum kit was formed during 1930s.
Average drum sets has 5 pieces – bass drum, snare drum, two toms, and floor tom. Several cymbals are also used (crash, hi-hat and ride).
Drummers have to use all four of their libs to play different drums.
First medieval drum kits were created in 1700s, after drums became foundation of rhythm sections of large orchestras.
Skills that every modern drummer needs to have are limb independence, eye-hand coordination and good sense of rhythm.
Drums were extensively used in military, but this practice came to Europe only after Crusades in 12th century.
Drumming burns more calories in half hour session than cycling, weight lifting and hiking.
Drumming is the oldest musical activity.
People of Africa and India used drums for long range communication between villages.
Recreational playing of drums lowers stress hormones in our body.
Drums can be classified as Acoustic, Electric and World (traditional) drums.