Start To Learn How To Play Drums by Learning the Different Type of
To be a successful drummer, one must have a good foundation of the
basic and one of the basic things you need to learn is the different
types of drums. There are different types of drums that make up a drum
set. This is apart from the different brands, sizes, sticks as well as
different tunings being used that has an effect on the overall sound of
the drum set. Letís get up close and personal and find out what drums
compose a set.
- Bass Drum - when struck by the mallet, this drum often makes a
very low pitched booming sound. The mallet is the weight that is
attached at the end of the shaft attached to a foot pedal control.
This is controlled by the drummerís right foot. The other name for
this drum is kick drum.
Snare Drum - this drum produces a snappish click sound that is
followed by a resonating shuffle sound effect when it is struck
directly on the ad covering of the drum called the skin. In a drum
set, you will often find it located at the left of the drummer. This
is often played with the non-dominant hand stick of the drummer.
- Tom-Toms - the three most common types of Tom-toms are the floor
tom, the mid-tom and the high-tom. Among the three, the deepest is
the floor tom and the highest pitched is the high-tom while the
mid-tom is the medium pitched.
- Cymbals - this is a round, metal object that produce a resonating
sound when struck. There are varying types of cymbals that comes in
different type, shape, and sound. The high-hat, the ride, the slash
and the crash are the four most commonly type of cymbals. Letís take
a look at each of them:
- Splash - this makes a sound that is similar to the sound of
water that splashes. It ends quickly after peaking with a
metallic splashing sound.
- Crash - this is very much like the splash however it makes a
loud and long, sustained sound. You normally hear this
instrument played at the end of measures in a pop music or most
often during periods of heightened drama in orchestral music.
- Ride - this usually resonates from one strike to another. It
makes a more subtle sound compared to other types of cymbals and
it is played repeatedly throughout the music.
- High-hat - this is a pair of cymbal that is mounted on a foot
pedal. Here the foot pedal is commonly played using the left
foot to control the cymbals which brings them together when it
is pressed and apart if releases. You can create different
sounds when you strike the cymbal when it is apart or closed and
you can strike the cymbals with your feet with varying rates of
Knowing the different type of drums and when to pay it is
essential on becoming a good drum player. There are other types
of drums but the ones above are the usual types and the ones you
need to know if you are a beginner.