A Look at Drum and Bass

Drum and Bass (often Drum ‘n’ bass or just DnB) is a genre of music that hit the height of its popularity in the 1990’s. Today other genres that have been adapted from this style have stepped in to become the more prominent sound, namely dubstep. Drum and Bass however was significantly different back in its prime as it grew out of the rave culture and became its own animal. (more…)

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5 Reasons to Get A Drum Machine

For anyone who has been to see a live band, they will know that live drums really make up the body of a live set. With guitars and vocals using microphones or amplified by electronics, the real, authentic sounds of music you are hearing are likely to be coming only from the drums. (more…)

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Styles May Vary

Though the majority of modern songs have drums in them, from pop to Classical, they don’t all operate in the same manner. Yes, the drum kits themselves may be very similar, but the style of play varies widely from one genre to the next. When in the studio, it is a very useful talent for a drummer to have more than one style in their repertoire and being able to discern between the different tempos and rhythms is what makes for a speedy creation process. Once you start listening to drums more actively as you listen to music you will...

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Come for the Band, Stay for the Drums

Foo Fighters You may have the Foo’s pushed back to the recesses of your mind thanks to their popularity in the charts whenever they release an album, though however catchy their tracks may be the collective skills of the band should never be forgotten. With two drummers at hand namely Taylor Hawkins and of course drummer turned frontman Dave Grohl at the helm, these two actually interchange positions often at live shows and in the odd track. Though they are more than capable of whacking out a hit song every year the drum works can still clearly be seen on...

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Other Percussion Instruments That are Vital to a Band

When most people think about percussion in music they think about the drums. However, there are other percussion instruments that are vital to a band. Percussion instruments produce sound when they are shaken or hit, and it may seem therefore that they are easy to play. However, percussion instruments are generally hard to learn how to perform on, yet they are very useful and provide an additional element to the sound of the music that is being created. Additional percussion instruments can be added to various types of bands from the orchestra to even rock groups. Percussion is not limited...

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How Instruments Complement Each Other

People have been making music and combining different musical instruments for a long time. Each combination of musical instruments can lead to a unique sound. Which instruments to combine and how they should be mixed depends on the type of melody and rhythm that the musician wants to achieve. Combining instruments successfully is really an art form that takes some practice and experience. The tools should be combined in such a way that the sound of one enhances the sound of the other. This is not always easy to achieve and requires some understanding in music and the type of...

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How to Build Your Own Small Drum

Many people love to play the drums, and many have a fascination with them that goes beyond just playing them. If you have ever wanted to make your own small drum, then it is quite easy and inexpensive to do. There are several ways to make this instrument for yourself or even for a child to play on. There are also several types of containers that will be suitable for such a project. For instance, you can use a storage container of the correct shape, or even a cake pan to mimic the necessary sound chamber. You may also have...

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Greatest Movies About Drummers to Get You Motivated to Play

Sometimes watching a movie can really inspire and motivate you to do something. If you are an aspiring musician, especially a drummer, then you may be looking for just the right thing to give you a little boost to improve your skills and encourage you to keep up the hard work. And there are some really fantastic movies to watch that will inspire and motivate you in your journey as a musician. Whiplash The movie “Whiplash” was nominated for and won several Academy Awards in addition to winning at the Sundance Festival in 2014. The movie, released in that same...

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Drums in Marching Bands

Many high schools and colleges have marching bands that are referred to as a drum line. There are even competitions among different schools and colleges to see who has the best drum line. These drum lines developed as part of cheering sections for sports teams. A batterie drum line is a drum line that consists of a group of drummers that march on to a sports field as a group. Bass drums, snare drums and tenor drums usually make up the batterie, but it can also often include the cymbals. [caption id="attachment_79" align="alignright" width="300"] Battle Of The Marching Bands. (Photo...

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Classical Drums and Players

Drums are frequently a part of music bands and have of course been a part of many primitive cultures since the beginning of time. A classic drum set or kit consists of a bass drum, snare drum, hi-hat and cymbals. The bass drum is played by pushing down on a pedal with your right foot. This then causes movement of the beater. In orchestra music the bass drum is used to create an overall feel to the music and to accent certain features of the music. [caption id="attachment_71" align="alignright" width="300"] Dunnett Classic Drums[/caption] The snare drum is mounted on a...

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