About the Drums
A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments, such as a cowbell, wood block, chimes or tambourines, arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer.
The individual instruments of a drum kit 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 use a foot pedal in addition to the normal striking motion. Although other instruments can be used on a pedal, it is not common, as the feet are usually occupied by these two. Percussion notation is often used by drummers to signify which drum kit components are to be played.
Differing music styles implement the components of a drum kit in different manners. For example, in most forms of rock music, the bass drum and snare drum are the primary instruments used to create a drum beat. In jazz, however, the ride cymbal and hi hats (or brushed snare drum and hi hats) usually fill this role.
The exact collection of drum kit components depends on factors like musical style, personal preference, financial resources, and transportation options of the drummer. Cymbal, hi-hat, and tom-tom stands, as well as bass drum pedals and drummer thrones, are often referred to as "hardware".
About Drum Lessons
The drums play a huge role in the music we listen to today. From rock, to jazz, to hip hop, the drum set has become an indispensable musical element in our culture. With the advent of modern electronic drum sets, more and more people are discovering the fun of taking drum lessons.
Are you thinking about learning the drums? It might seem to you that there's a lot to master. However a wise drum teacher can help you to break everything down, so that you can grasp things little by little, at the pace that's best for you.
For beginner students, lesson topics make include things like understanding the 4/4 backbeat, reading rhythms, snare drum rudiments, and playing basic grooves using the bass and snare drums.
Intermediate students can learn about subjects like advanced rudiments, playing fills, using the hi-hat, and playing with other musicians.
For advanced students, teachers make go over topics such as playing in different genres, developing stamina, and studying the playing styles of famous drummers.
Whatever stage you are at in your development as a drummer, whatever styles and techniques you want to learn, Starlight Music can match you with the right drum teacher. To find out more feel free to send us an email at: info@starlightmusic.com.au.