Drums have been around since mankind first began making music. Alongside our voices, drums were the first instruments we used to make ourselves known to the universe. Emerging as a concept in the continent of Africa when modern homo-sapiens were a new species, the first drums were shaped sticks tapped together in rhythmic fashion. This evolved into many other forms as early man spread out across the world and formed civilizations. Cowhide wrapped over wooden cylinders, steel bowls and plates shaped to produce a desired sound, all would eventually culminate in the creation of the modern drum-set, which employs elements of several different culture’s drum like instruments.
The modern drum-set often consists of a bass drum, a floor tom, a snare drum, hanging toms, and a variety of cymbals including the hi-hat, crash cymbal, ride cymbal, splash cymbal, and a china cymbal. These offer the drummer, who sits on a stool behind the bass drum known as the throne, a plethora of approaches and combinations he can employ to play anything from jazz, to rock and roll. Drum sets are modular and can be configured an indefinite number of ways depending on what the drummer is looking for.
Drums are unique among modern instruments in that they cannot perform melodies or chords, like guitars or pianos. Instead, drums create what is called an indeterminate pitch, and have to be scored separately from other instruments using percussion notation and are typically part of the rhythm section. Playing drums is a world of its own amongst music and it takes precision, patience, and a steady grip in order to be successful. But if you think you’re up to the task, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of rocking the crowd with an intense and entrancing drum solo.
The electronic drum-set is like the acoustic drum-set’s younger, tech-savy grandson. It knows how to play the same sounds its grandpa could but brings in some interesting new ones backed by modern technology.
The electronic drum-set functions in the same way as the acoustic in that it relies on a combination of bass drums, snares, toms, and cymbals but produces sound in a very different way. Instead of using resonance in a chamber, it translates pressure applied to a pad laden with electronic conductors that are then amplified through a series of filters and programs to create a desired sound. This means that an electronic snare drum could produce a traditional snare sound, a higher pitch than usual, or even the sound of a wave crashing!
Alongside a knowledgeable drummer, the electronic drum-set can quite literally produce any sound you’d like, meaning that its up to you and your imagination to decide what and how the kit will sound. An added bonus is that hitting the heads isn’t very loud, so many people chose electronic kits if they live in apartments or want to practice late at night. Some people prefer the electronic over the acoustic drum set due to its near infinite versatility, while others prefer the acoustic because of its robust, room filling sound, but it all comes down to what you want out of your kit.
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