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Learning how to play drum is a great experience for children and adults alike. There is tons to learn about the drum beyond how to beat simple rhythms, and lessons can help develop the skills needed to play any type of music. Beyond the basic drum set, there are also a myriad of percussion instruments that can be included in lessons, including a variety of hand drums, timpani, pitched mallet instruments such as the marimba or vibraphone, and small hand-held instruments like hand cymbals or maracas. With so much diversity it’s no wonder that drums form an essential part of many different kinds of music!
On the most basic level, drums are played by striking the head of the instrument either with sticks or with the hands. Depending on how tightly the skin of the drum is stretched over the body of the instrument, the drum will produce various sounds. On a standard drum set the drum heads are adjustable and will need to be tuned. The instrument can be struck in a variety of ways to produce simple and complex rhythms, and your instructor can help you get to whatever skill level you want when you learn to play drums with Musika.
Besides the human voice, the drum is the oldest instrument known to man. Dating back as far as neolithic cultures, the basic form of hide stretched across a hollow cylinder has changed very little throughout the ages. New forms of drums have emerged and new materials are used, but the concept has remained the same. Drums have also been used for a variety of purposes throughout history including religious and cultural ceremonies, war both on and off the battle-field, communication with others from a distance, and as a musical instrument. This article includes information on many different types of drums and their individual histories.
We recommend that children do not start learning how to play drums on a drum set until 7 or 8 years old. The drum set takes a lot of coordination to manage and smaller children often have trouble reaching all the drums, the cymbals, and the pedal for the bass drum at the same time. Younger children can learn to play drums on single snare or hand drums, but we recommend no younger than 6 for these instruments since drumming can quickly get tiring for the hands. There is no upper age limit on drum lessons, it’s never too late to learn a new skill!
Depending on what kind of drums you are looking to learn, drums can get expensive quickly, especially a full set. For beginning students, we recommend purchasing a practice pad and sticks for working on technique between lessons before investing in a full drum set, although as the student progresses a full set will be needed. Your Musika teacher can help pick the best option for you as you progress.
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