The drum is the most basic, primitive instrument in terms of its history, with different tribes, cultures, and civilizations all developing their own percussion instruments using wood and animal skin, striking the drum either with their hands or with sticks. In many cultures, the drum is used for spiritual purposes, often playing a large role in wedding and funeral ceremonies across the globe. The origin of drumming predates many other musical instruments, with the first drum in history existing as a person banging his hands on a cave wall. The drum lessons we offer are centered around learning the technique of the instrument, basic rhythm, and a variety of styles of drumming.
The modern drum kit first came to be around 1910, with further innovations leading to what now comprises a standard drum set. Drums can be heard in all forms of music, from classical to experimental and everything in between. In most rock and roll bands, the drum is thought of as the “time keeper”, helping to keep the rest of the group together. If you are interested in ethnic drumming, rock and roll drumming, or just to learn the basic concepts of rhythm, drum lessons offer a way for you to rock out and be heard.
Our recommended starting age for drums is around seven or eight for students wishing to play a drum kit. For the snare drum, the youngest recommended age is five or six, as playing can prove tiresome on younger hands. The drum is an instrument that is great for all ages and skill levels, whether it’s a complete beginner at age five or an experienced musician who wishes to study rhythm firsthand.
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Drums and drum kits can be a bit of an investment financially, with the complete drum set starting at $500 and up, depending on percussion accessories. Students who are merely curious about learning to play the drums are encouraged to look into a practice pad, which simulates the feel of a regular drum but at a fraction of the cost. Each drum in a drum kit needs to be tuned, and our instructors can certainly assist in showing students the basics of drum and cymbal maintenance.
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