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A drum kit or drums as they are more popularly called are a group of drums and percussion instruments such as cymbals that are arranged on stands and are played by a single person. The player holds drumsticks in both hands and operates the pedals that control the bass drum and cymbals with his feet. The first assembled drum kit made its appearance about a hundred years ago. A drum kit is identified by the number of pieces it has, so therefore you could have a 3-piece kit, 5-piece kit, or a 7-piece kit. A typical drum kit consists of a snare drum, a bass drum, one or more toms, the hi-hats, cowbell, and one or more cymbals. Experienced players may add more drums, cymbals, and other instruments as per their preference. Heavy metal drummers often use double bass drums while progressive drummers use gongs and tubular bells. Drum kits are used extensively in traditional and popular music styles such as jazz, rock, pop, and blues. The drum stool or throne of course is a part of every drum kit, irrespective of how big or small it is.
Drums were quite popular in the military as it helped the soldiers to have a rhythm during their marching practice. When bands started to replace orchestras, the importance of percussion instruments grew. Fast paced rock’n’roll music began to replace the more traditional forms of music and finally in the early 20th century, when William Ludwig brought out the bass drum pedal, that was when the cultural explosion took place. Drum kits became an essential feature of every band. Music bands such as The Beatles greatly popularized the use of the drum kit.
One of the reasons for the popularity of drums is that it allows us to make music from our surroundings. Even a toddler is able to create a rhythm with just a stick and a hollow vessel. It is just so natural to us and is also the reason why drums are a multicultural instrument being used by communities in the Amazon Rainforest or even in the far away Sahara Deserts. There is a wide diversity in the type of drums being used by different cultures but the purpose underlying all of them remain the same; that is, to create music, to create a rhythm, to express a feeling, and for community celebrations!
When parents decide to send their children to learn music, they usually opt for popular instruments such as the guitar and the piano. However, it has been found that playing the drums is a great stress buster. Hitting a drum can relieve frustration and disappointment. It can boost your mood, your brain power, and even increase academic performance. Drumming helps the child to be confident. Playing the drum requires discipline and focus to be able to play loud or soft as required. It requires that you are able to read non-verbal cues. Reading non-verbal cues is an essential life skill in today’s unsympathetic world.