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Drums can be traced to the beginning of manHollowed out logs were found along with other artifactsThe logs were first used for communication then used for ceremonial functionsLater on hidesskins were stretched over the end of a stump or log and this began the history of drums If you are referring to the modern drumsetthey started out as separate itemsa bass druma snare drum a tom tom and cymbalsIt took 3 or 4 people to play a drum partThen someone connected a cymbal on top of the bass drumwhich made it possible for 1 person to play itthen the bass drum pedal was invented and the sock cymbal was inventedThe sock cymbal started out as 2 boards connected with a hingea spring between them and 2 smaller cymbals bolted on-1 on each boardLater the sock cymbal became the lowboy-then a section of pipe was added and that became the hi-hat stand of todayDrums work on the principal of a vibrating membraneWhen you strike an objectyou set in motionvibratingOur ears pick up the vibrations and we hear the soundLow soundsslow vibrationsHigh soundsfast vibrations The music is a natural progression of natureThere are 3 elements of musicMelody-harmony and rhythmRhythm is the only one of these which can stand aloneThe first people heard rhythms in naturethey were pleasantso they duplicated themAs they communicatedthey noticed that their feet were tapping to the beatSomething similar happened when they were having one of their ceremoniesRhythm is in each one of usSome people have a lotsome not as muchbut everyone has some rhythmEverything was a natural progression from thereMusic continues to evolveFrom primitive man trying to communicate and have their ceremoniesto the mounted timpani players in the middle agesto the drummers leading the soldiers in the Revolutionary and Civil warsmost people dont know but a requirement to be a lead drummer in the civil war was that a boy needed to be an orphanBecause their life expectancy was 10-12 weeksto the drum
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