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Encyclopedia > Drums

For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation).

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Drum carried by John Unger, Company B, 40th Regiment New York Veteran Volunteer Infantry Mozart Regiment, December 20, 1863

A drum is a percussion musical instrument, consisting of a membrane called a drumhead that is usually stretched taut over a cylindrical tube that is open at the other end. The membrane is struck, either with the hand or some other object like a drumstick, and the tube forms a resonating chamber for the resulting sound. A drummer is a person who plays the drums.


In most popular music and jazz, drums or drummer usually refer to a drum kit.


In the past, drums were used as a means of communication - see drum (communication).


Examples of drums:

In the Sachs-Hornbostel scheme of musical instrument classification, drums belong to the membranophone class.


See also:

External links

  • Drumtopia Drum News (http://www.drumtopia.com/) has drumming news, drum tab search and a directory of drum resources.
  • CSE (http://www.cse.ogi.edu/Drum/) - The Drums and Percussion Page
  • Drum Machine Museum (http://www.drummachine.com/)
  • Synthtopia has information on the classic Roland TR-909 (http://www.synthtopia.com/synth_review/RolandTR-909.html) and Roland TR-808 (http://www.synthtopia.com/synth_review/RolandTR-808.html) drum machines.
  • Fun stories involving drums (http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/afs/cs.cmu.edu/user/mmbt/www/percussion/drum-tales.html)

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The sound is produced by striking the centre of the vellum on the one end of the drum with a stick having a large soft round knob composed of wood covered with cork, sponge or felt.
The notation for the side drum is similar to that in use for the bass drum; the value of the note is alone of importance; the place of the note on the staff is immaterial and purely a matter of custom.
The popularity of all kinds of drums in the most ancient civilizations is established beyond a doubt by the numerous representations of the instrument in a variety of shapes and sizes on the monuments and paintings of Egypt, Assyria, India and Persia.
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