Drums and Percussion Instruments

Hey, now you are in the most exciting section… the drums and percussion instruments department. When you use your imagination to explore drums or percussion instruments for yourself, you are following a tradition that stretches back thousands of years to the dawn of human music making.

A drum set is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments, such as cowbells, wood blocks, triangles, chimes, or tambourines, arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer.

The term "drum kit" seems to have come from Great Britain. It was first created in the 1700s. In the U.S., the terms "drum set", and "trap set" were more prevalent historically.

The individual instruments of a drum set are struck by a variety of implements held in the hand, including sticks, brushes, and mallets. Two notable exceptions include the bass drum, played by a foot-operated pedal, and the hi hat cymbals, which may be struck together using a foot pedal in addition to being played with sticks or brushes. Although other instruments can be played using a pedal, the feet are usually occupied by the bass drum and hi hat, and as a result the drummer plays in a seated position. The Percussion notation is often used by drummers to signify which drum set components are to be played. A full size drum set without any additional percussion instruments has a bass drum, floor tom, and snare drum, alto and tenor tom-toms, hi-hat cymbals, a ride cymbal and crash cymbals.

Various music genres dictate the stylistically appropriate use of the drum kit's set-up. For example, in most forms of rock music, the bass drum, hi-hat and snare drum are the primary instruments used to create a drumbeat, whereas in jazz, ride and snare patterns tend to be more prevalent. You will know much more about the drums and percussion if you give us a phone call or email to TBML. We will be more than happy answer your questions.

The Best Music Lessons.com (TBML) offers drums lessons in style of Fusion, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Funk, Latin, Classic and all musical territories in between. Private 1 on 1 learning tailored to individual needs, skills, interests and growths.

During the drums sessions our drums instructors will work on:

  • Rudiments
  • Applying Rudiments to the Drums
  • Drum Technique
  • Bass Drum Technique
  • Sight and Chart Reading
  • Building of Tracks
  • Keeping Time
  • Breathing and Body Movement
  • Incorporation of bass drum in rudimental patterns on the drum set
  • Grooves Demonstrations
  • Four-Stick Drumming
  • Ear training
  • Playing by ear
  • Playing in group with other musicians
  • Playing in Recording Sessions
  • Playing in Jazz Band, Rock Band, Fusion, etc...

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