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The History of the Drumset Drums are among the most ancient and diverse of all musical instruments Jaffe 2 The power of the rhythm and drums has long been respected 2 The drumset however in its current configuration is a relatively recent addition to the percussionists repertoire It has only been in existence since around the 1930s Aldriage 5 This information introduces the question of how did the drumset evolve to its current condition In his book Guide to Vintage Drums John Aldriage states the evolution of the drumset has been a one step forward two steps back proposition from the start with trends coming and going and repeating themselves later 30 That statement just barely begins to illustrate the extensive past behind the history of the drumset The influence that Africa had can be traced back to the drumsets earliest forms That influence was originally brought over by the North American slave trade The slave trade brought over new percussion ideas and instruments When Americans saw those instruments they began to create different versions of them which would later evolve to be part of the percussionists repertoire For example the dundun The dundun is an hourglass-shaped two-headed drum whose twin heads are laced together by thongs of gut or leather Hart 52 By manipulating the tension on these thongs a player can alter the pitch of the tone he is making thus enabling the dundun to talk or produce tones that sound like words 52 This allows him to communicate with neighboring tribes 52 Americans took this idea and converted it into a single-head drum constructed of brass in which a foot pedal altered the pitch of the drum This drum was first called the kettledrum and was later renamed to the timpani drum Early Percussion Another influence to the drumset was the symphonic percussion instruments These instruments originated in the European area They spanned a wide array of instruments such as mallet
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