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Drum Tutorial: Lesson One

Updated on June 2, 2013

Your First Drum Lesson!

This was Lesson One of the Drum Tutorial I wrote. It was for absolute beginners to drums and drumming.

It's all been moved now to another location. The lessons have been revamped and organized to be even more bite-sized and informative!

Head on over now.

Percussion Instruments

An extension of the natural rhythmic impulse expressed in body movement, percussion instruments can be any objects which produce sound vibrations when shaken, scraped or struck, either with the hands or with another implement. Percussion instruments can be as primitive as a string of beads or shells attached to the ankles of a dancer.

Typically, such instruments are of indefinite pitch and delineate or emphasize rhythm. However, some sophisticated percussion instruments such as the glockenspiel, celesta and kettle drum may be tuned to definite pitch and are therefore categorized as melodic instruments. Percussion instruments include two of the five main groups of musical instruments classified in the Sachs-Hornbostel system: the idiophones or self sounders and the membranaphones or skin sounders.

The idiophones produce sound when the hard, sonorous material of which they are made is struck, causing vibrations. No additional tension (as in drumskins or strings) is required to cause sound.

Idiophones such as cymbals, clappers and castanets produce sound through the striking together of two similar components, while those which are struck with non-sonorous implements include bells, gongs, chimes, xylophones, marimbas and triangles.

Recommended Eating

Fresh RAW bananas are one of the richest sources of potassium and a good source of fiber. They also help keep your muscles from cramping. If you're planning on a big drumming practice or jam session, have some on hand.

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      SkylerV 5 years ago

      Great post, check out my lens for beginning drummers!

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      imadrummer 5 years ago

      check out my article for beginner drumers

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      Southernemma 6 years ago

      I've never thought about eating bananas before drumming. Thanks for the tip!