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1 Bass drum | 2 Floor tom | 3 Snare | A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (946x763, 202 KB) Summary Edited version of Drum kit picture. ... A bass drum is a large drum that produces a note of low definite or indefinite pitch. ... A floor tom is a double-headed tom-tom drum usually equipped with legs (usually three) mounted along the side, though they are quite often attached to a cymbal stand by using a clamp. ...


4 Toms | 5 Hi-hat | 6 Crash cymbal and Ride cymbal A tom-tom (not to be confused with a tamtam) is a cylindrical drum with no snare. ... The hi-hat stand has changed little since its invention. ... A crash cymbal is a type of cymbal that produces a loud, sharp, but comparatively short-duration crash used mainly as an occasional accent effect. ... A Zildjian 22 Z Custom Power Ride A ride cymbal is a type of cymbal that is a standard part of most drum kits. ...

Other components

China cymbal | Cowbell | Sizzle cymbal |
Splash cymbal | Swish cymbal |
Tambourine | Wood block | Rototom In western music, china type cymbals are cymbals deliberately manufactured to have a trashy, offensive, and explosive tone. ... The cowbell is a percussion instrument. ... A sizzle cymbal is a cymbal to which rivets, chains or other rattles have been added to modify the sound. ... A splash cymbal is a small cymbal used for an accent in a drum kit. ... The swish cymbal and the pang cymbal are exotic ride cymbals originally developed as part of the collaboration between Gene Krupa and the Avedis Zildjian Company. ... “Buben” redirects here. ... Wood block Tubular wood block A wood block is essentially a small slit drum made from a single piece of wood and used as a percussion instrument. ... Rototoms are drums which have no shell at all, just a single head and a die cast zinc or aluminum frame. ...

The snare drum or side drum is a tubular drum made of wood or metal with skins, or heads, stretched over the top and bottom openings, and with a set of snares (cords) stretched across the bottom head. Tubular may refer to: the form of a cylinder (geometry) or tube tubular bell parts of the kidney distal convoluted tubule uriniferous tubule 80s Surfer talk for Badical This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Bass drum made from wood, rope, and cowskin A drum is a musical instrument in the percussion group that can be large, technically classified as a membranophone. ... Trunks A tree trunk as found at the Veluwe, The Netherlands Wood is a solid material derived from woody plants, notably trees but also shrubs. ... It has been suggested that Properties and uses of metals be merged into this article or section. ... Skins is a British teen drama from Company Pictures which premiered on E4 on 25 January 2007. ... A drumhead is a membrane stretched over one or both of the open ends of a drum. ...


A cluster of snares made of curled metal wire, metal cable, plastic cable, or gut cords is stretched across the bottom head. When the top head is struck, causing a sudden increase in pressure within the instrument, the snares vibrate against the bottom head. This produces a short, distinctive, snap-like sound. The snares can be disengaged if this effect is not wanted. Snare drums come in many different sizes as well, which ultimately changes the way the drum will sound. Snare drums that are shallow in size will give a higher "cracking" sound, while the larger ones will give a deeper, heavier, and thicker tone. The same is true of drums with a smaller diameter. Many drummers opt to have more than one on their drumset for better dynamic setup. Look up cluster in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A kind of trap used in trapping. ... A wire is a single, usually cylindrical, elongated strand of drawn metal. ... 6 or 15cm outside diameter, oil-cooled cables, traversing the Grand Coulee Dam throughout. ... 6 or 15cm outside diameter, oil-cooled cables, traversing the Grand Coulee Dam throughout. ... Catgut is the name applied to cord of great toughness and tenacity prepared from the intestines of sheep/goat, or occasionally from those of the hog, horse, mule, pig, and donkey. ...


The snare drums used in a pipe band are almost unique in having a second set of snares on the bottom (internal) side of the top (batter) head. Some military side drums have this feature as well. A Pipe band is a traditional Scottish musical group consisting of bagpipes and drums. ...


The drum used in pipe and tabor traditionally has a single snare on the outside of the head that is beaten. Pipe describes a number of musical instruments, historically referring to perforated wind instruments. ...

Snare drum, around 1780, reportedly carried by Luther W. Clark at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse
Snare drum, around 1780, reportedly carried by Luther W. Clark at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse

The drum can be sounded by hitting it with a drumstick or any other form of beater, including brushes and rutes, which produce a softer-sounding vibration from the wires. When using a stick, the drummer may strike either the head of the drum, the rim, or the shell. When the drummer strikes both the rim and the head at the same time, this is known as a rimshot. Because of the dramatic, sudden vibration inflicted on the shell of the drum, the rimshot is generally louder and more distinct than a regular strike on the drumhead, and is usually used for accented notes. The closer the bead of the stick is to the rim itself when a rimshot is struck, the higher the tone of the rimshot will be. Snare drum, around 1780 Restored snare drum. ... Snare drum, around 1780 Restored snare drum. ... The Battle of Guilford Courthouse was a battle fought on March 15, 1781 inside the present-day booming metropolis of Greensboro, North Carolina, during the American Revolutionary War in which 1,900 British troops under General Charles Cornwallis fought an American force under Rhode Island native General Nathanael Greene numbering... A drum stick is an item used to hit percussion instruments to produce sound. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Originally, snare drums were military instruments originating from Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries. They were commonly called a tabor and were used with the fife in the Swiss military. Today, the snare drum can be found in nearly every form of western music. Snare drums are used by fife and drum corps, marching bands and drum and bugle corps to provide a steady source of rhythm. The sound of a marching snare is a classic military sound. The snare drum was incorporated into classical music to provide color, or timbre, for march-like segments of music. It is used in popular music styles like rock and roll and jazz to provide an accented backbeat. In jazz styles, the snare drum is often used for "comping", or accompanying, supporting, and interacting with another musician's part. The snare drum (specifically, a caixa) is the driving force in samba music: ghost notes are played continuously with accented strokes outlining the rhythm. The snare is also used extensively in extreme metal, to provide a "blast beat": a rapid alternation of snare and bass drum beats. Western music is the genres of music originating in the Western world (Europe and its former colonies) including Western classical music, American Jazz, Country and Western, pop music and rock and roll. ... An American college marching band on the field (University of Texas) A marching band is a group of instrumental musicians who generally perform outdoors, and who incorporate movement â€“ usually some type of marching â€“ with their musical performance. ... Drum and bugle corps is a name used to describe two forms of marching units. ... Rhythm (Greek = flow, or in Modern Greek, style) is the variation of the length and accentuation of a series of sounds or other events. ... Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and are disseminated by one or more of the mass media. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Samba is the most famous of the various forms of music arising from the amalgam of African and Portuguese music in Brazil. ... Ghost notes are musical notes occuring in a rhythmic figure which are purposely deemphasized, often nearly to the point of silence. ... Rhythm (Greek = flow, or in Modern Greek, style) is the variation of the length and accentuation of a series of sounds or other events. ... Extreme metal is an umbrella term for the heavy metal subgenres of a more aggressive style than traditional heavy metal. ... Blast beats are the torrents of alternating snare and bass drums which increase the speed, density, and percussiveness of death metal, black metal and grindcore. ... A bass drum is a large drum that produces a note of low definite or indefinite pitch. ...


Types

  • Jazz: In jazz, brushes are often used, so generally the drum will be fitted with a thin to medium-weight coated (textured) head, with little or no muffling. Most shell dimensions and materials are suitable for jazz, with 14"x5" or 14"x6" wood or brass being the most common.
  • Rock: Commonly 14" in diameter and 5" to 8" deep, often stainless steel. Often the drum will have some muffling, and heavier non-coated heads used.
  • Metal: This genre favors wider and deeper drums, maybe a 14"x6" or even as deep 8" (Joey Jordison's signature Pearl snare drum is of a 6.5" depth, but a 13" diameter, thus making it sound high and heavy, referred to as the "power piccolo"). Metal drummers often use materials other than wood for higher volume and brighter timbre. Metal, in particular brass, bronze, and aluminum, are popular. Some snares are made of unusual materials like acrylic plastic or carbon fiber.
  • Punk: In much early punk music the snare does not have a big voice; often it's mixed to be only as loud as the hi-hats. This may be due to punk's non-conventional standard of quality for the drummers' performance, recording quality and drum tuning. Commonly the dimensions are the same to those of rock: 14" x 5.5-6". Heads and tuning may vary wildly according to the drummer.
  • Funk: Funk snare drum work is very accented and syncopated, so in order for this to stand out, a higher snare sound is required. 13" diameters are common in funk, though 14" is equally popular (funk-drumming legend Dennis Chambers' signature Pearl snare drum's diameter is a 14"). The depth of snare drums used in funk can vary greatly. Some drummers, for example Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson of The Roots, use a thin 14" x 3.5" piccolo snare for a dry pop. Others, such as the aforementioned Dennis Chambers, opt for a 14" x 6.5" snare with tighter tuned heads in order to get a sound with more body but still a lot of crack.
  • Marching: Marching snare drums are typically 14"x12" or 13"x11". In a marching band or drum corps setting, they are often attached to the user using a marching drum carrier, or harness, instead of the traditional sling. Marching snare drums are usually tuned extremely high, and feature drum heads made of Mylar or Kevlar. A special case in this category is the Pipe band side drum which has two sets of snares (an additional one directly under the batter head).

See also

Audio samples
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Rim Click on a snare 46 KB 
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Nathan Jonas Joey Jordison is an American drummer, bass guitarist and guitarist. ... The Pearl Musical Instrument Company ) is a world leader in the manufacturing of percussion equipment, including drum kits, hand drums, drum hardware, bass drum pedals, mallet percussion, and other auxiliary percussion instruments. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Hi-hat cymbals. ... In music, syncopation is the stressing of a normally unstressed beat in a bar or the failure to sound a tone on an accented beat. ... Dennis Chambers is an American drummer who has recorded and performed with John Scofield, Steely Dan, Santana, Parliament/Funkadelic, John McLaughlin, Niacin, Mike Stern, and many others. ... The Pearl Musical Instrument Company ) is a world leader in the manufacturing of percussion equipment, including drum kits, hand drums, drum hardware, bass drum pedals, mallet percussion, and other auxiliary percussion instruments. ... Ahmir Khalib Thompson (born on January 20, 1971), known professionally as ?uestlove or Questlove, is an American drummer, DJ, music journalist and record producer. ... The Roots, also variously known as The Legendary Roots Crew, The Fifth Dynasty, The Square Roots and The Foundation, are an influential, Grammy-winning hip-hop band based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, famed for a heavily jazzy sound and live instrumentation. ... Dennis Chambers is an American drummer who has recorded and performed with John Scofield, Steely Dan, Santana, Parliament/Funkadelic, John McLaughlin, Niacin, Mike Stern, and many others. ... Mylar is a trade name of DuPont Teijin Films of Hopewell, VA, United States, for biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate (BOPET) polyester film used for its high tensile strength, chemical and dimensional stability, transparency, and electrical insulation. ... Chemical structure of Kevlar. ... A Pipe band is a traditional Scottish musical group consisting of bagpipes and drums. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ... A drum roll is a method a percussionist employs to produce a sustained sound on a drum. ... This page is about the audio compression codec. ... Image File history File links Snare drum unmuffled. ... Image File history File links Snare drum muffled. ... Image File history File links Snare drum rim. ...

External links

  • SnareScience - The purpose of this Web site is to further the art and science of rudimental snare drumming.
  • Marching Snare Drum Heads - Description of types of marching snare drum heads.
  • Royal Schools Sources Percussion Page Sources for the prescribed music for the Royal Schools of Music practical exams

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The earliest form of the snare drum was the medieval tabor.
Snare drums were primarily used as military instruments and are still associated with the infantry and the fife.
The snare drum is made from two heads attached to either side of a shell.
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