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The Drum set is very poular with people of all ages.
Kits are available for children from five years old. If noise is an issue, electronic kits are the answer; just put on your headphones. If you wish to play a regular kit, you must consider the level of noise the kits generates. To control noise levels, most drummers soundproof the 'drum room'.

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More information about the Drum Kit

A Drum Kit (also called a Drum Set or Trap Set) is a collection of different sizes and shapes of individual drums that are arranged in manner for a single person to play. In addition to these, Cymbals and other Percussion Instruments, such as Cowbells, Wood Blocks, Triangles, Chimes, or Tambourines, arranged for convenient playing are included.
The individual instruments of a drum Kit are hit with a variety of implements held in the hand, including Sticks, Brushes, and Mallets. Two notable exceptions include the Bass Drum, played with 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. The drummer often plays in a seated position.
A full size drum set without any percussion instruments has a Bass Drum, Floor Tom, Snare Drum, Tom-Toms, and a variety of Cymbals including Hi-Hat Cymbals, Ride Cymbal and a Crash Cymbal.
The different music genres dictate the 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 drum beat, whereas in jazz, ride and snare patterns tend to be more prevalent and the hi-hat is played by the foot.
In the 2000s, an increasing number of drummers have begun to use electronic drum pads which trigger synthesized or sampled drum sounds.
Drum kits have ranged in size and components from old style jazz/dance hall kits through to modern rock/techno kits.
Drums and the act of drumming have been around for thousands of years, but the Drum Kit occupies a relatively new place in the history of drumming.


History

Drums have existed in various forms for centuries and used not only to create music but for various aspects of social life. Some of its uses have included rituals, ceremonies, messaging, religious and civil purposes. Until the beginning of the twentieth century, they were played individually, typically in percussion sections with various instruments and percussionists.
Drum sets first appeared in the late 1800s due to the rising number of ensembles that included marching bands and bands from military units. In addition to playing in parades and other outdoor venues, these bands were also commissioned to play indoors. As these indoor engagements grew in number, so did the need for drum kits or sets. Due to space constraints, small stages, along with increasing costs to produce entertainment, drummers became required to play two or more percussion instruments simultaneously and bands began arranging a number of different drums onstage for a single person to play simultaneously.
The bass drum, snare drum, cymbals and other percussion instruments were then played by hand. Circa 1890, experimentation with foot pedals began. Liberating the hands for the first time, this evolution saw the bass drum played (first standing) with the foot of a percussionist and became the central piece around which every other percussion instruments would later revolved.
Ludwig-Musser, William F. Ludwig Sr. and his brother Theodor Ludwig founded the Ludwig & Ludwig Co. in 1909 and patented the first workable bass drum pedal system, paving the way for what was to become the modern drum kit. Moving on from here until the 1920's, several drumming innovations were also introduced that made use of the feet as well as the hands, allowing drummers to add more instruments to their repertoires. The "low boy" was invented, which gave drummers the ability to play the cymbals hands-free. At the same time, drummers from New Orleans began adding other percussion instruments to their drum sets, such as the African tom-tom and the hi-hat cymbal.
The drum kit became characterized by very large marching bass drums and many percussion items suspended on and around it, and they became a central part of jazz music, specifically (but not limited to) Dixieland. Metal consoles were developed to hold tom-toms, with swing out stands for snare drums and cymbals. On top of the console was a "contraption" (shortened to "trap") tray used to hold whistles, klaxons, and cowbells, thus drum kits were dubbed "trap kits." Hi-hat stands appeared around 1926.
The 1930s and 1940s cemented the use of the drum set both as accompaniment and as a solo instrument. Ben Duncan and others popularized streamlined trap kits leading to a basic four piece drum set standard: bass, snare, tom-tom, and floor tom. In time legs were fitted to larger floor toms, and "consolettes" were devised to hold smaller tom-toms on the bass drum. Louie Bellson pioneered the use of two bass drums, or the double bass drum kit. Swing music emerged on the scene and became popular with musicians who enjoyed the improvisational elements of this style. Improvisation brought the drum set into the limelight thanks to the influence of two drumming superstars.
Gene Krupa helped standardize the drum set (also known to be the first to record a drum solo on a commercial record) and Max Roach introduced new ways of drum tuning. These two innovations brought greater flexibility to drum sets.
Bigger drum kits in Rock music became the trend in the 1960s and gained momentum in the 1970s. By the 1980s drummers including Billy Cobham, Carl Palmer, Nicko McBrain, Phil Collins, Stewart Copeland and Neil Peart were using large numbers of drums and cymbals and had also begun using electronic drums. The 1990s and 2000s, saw many drummers in popular music revert back to a basic four piece drum set standard.
In the 21st century, it is not uncommon for drummers to use a variety of auxiliary percussion instruments, objects and electronics as part of their "drum" kits. New technologies such as resonance-enhancing suspension designs and electronic sound modules; laptop computers used to activate loops, sequences and samples; metronomes and tempo meters; recording devices; and personal sound reinforcement equipment have all been added to drum kits.
What new creations will be incorporated into future drum kits is anyone's guess. They will only be limited by the imaginations and creativity of musicians and manufacturers.

Standard Make Up

Most Drum kits are sold in five-piece configurations (the number of drums), which typically include
  1. A Bass drum and pedals
  2. A Snare drum and Stand
  3. Two mounted Toms with mounting hardware
  4. A Floor Tom
  5. A Hi-hat Cymbals and Stand
  6. A Crash Cymbal
  7. A Ride Cymbal and Stand
  8. A Throne

The Tom-Tom stands, Bass Drum pedals and Drum Thrones are usually standard in most drum kits.
All Drums, cymbals, and other accessories project different sounds, and contribute to music as a whole. A drummer looking for a washy, less clean snare drum sound might choose to use a vintage or cheaper snare drum. If a drummer looking for a powerful, clean and cutting cymbal sound, might choose a cymbal that is more expensive and made out of higher quality metal.


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Accessories

The main accessories for the Drum kit are as follows: -
  1. Drummers who perform in concert venues often have a variety of equipment cases to transport the drums, cymbals and hardware. Performers who play local gigs may only have relatively inexpensive padded cloth bags or thin plastic cases. Professional touring drummers who have to ship their drums will typically have heavy-duty road cases that will securely hold and protect the equipment during transport.
  2. Professional drummers may carry their own drum microphones (mic) with them to performances to avoid having situations where a venue has substandard equipment. Dynamic microphones, which can handle high sound pressure levels, are usually used to close-mic drums while condenser mic's are used for overheads and room mic. Some drummers who have their own mic have a set of drum-mounted mic's, an approach which eliminates the need for mic stands and reduces set-up time.
  3. Professional drummers may carry electronic effects they use on their drums. This can include noise gates that mute microphones below a threshold volume.
  4. In certain settings, such as country music clubs or churches, the drummer may use a Plexiglas screen to dampen the onstage volume of the drums.
  5. Drummers playing in different venues may carry carpets or mats to prevent the bass drum from slipping on a wooden floor.
  6. An insulation-style filling or foam may be used in the bass drum to lessen the "ringing" sound.
  7. When practicing, Drummers may use Metronomes and beat counters to develop a steady rhythm.
  8. Drummers also use Drum mufflers to lessen the volume of drums during practicing.

 

 

 

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