Different Types of Drums

When it comes to music, the percussion section is the star of the show. You can’t really have a song without having a drum in it. Now if you aren’t too familiar with instruments, you will be pleased to know that there are a wide variety of drums in the world. We aren’t really talking about the ordinary drum set that you see every day. There are in fact different cultures that make use of different types of drums. So much so that they have created their own type of drum which is now widely known around the world. See there is quite a lot to unpack.

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First, on our list of different types of drums, we have the hand drum. Much like its name suggests this drum is played by hand. This may come as a surprise but the hand drum is the oldest drum in existence. It may even be the earliest instrument invented. Although hand drums can date back hundreds of years, they also come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and noises. You should also know that the hand drum is made of a number of different materials which allow it to produce sounds. Speaking of different materials, this leads us to our next drum.

We are speaking about none other than the animal skin drum. Much like the hand drum, animal skin drums were one of the first drums created. These drums have a long history in the African cultures as the animal skins were a material that was easily available for musicians. Now moving to a drum that is a bit more modern, we need to discuss the snare drum. The snare drum is really popular as a modern instrument. It can be made in different shapes and sizes. There are usually ropes or wires hanging on the side of the drum.

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