A member of the percussion family of instruments, drums come in many forms, from conga drums to timpani. Questions about drums, drum players, and drum music belong here.

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Is drum a noun?

Yes, drum is a noun, a common, singular noun. Drum can also be a verb or an adjective. Examples:

As a noun: My new drum was gift from my brother.

As a verb: It drives me crazy when you drum your fingers on the table.

As an adjective: The drum beat was clearly heard from the back of the orchestra.


How do you tune the congas drums?

There are no universally accepted pitches, scales or intervals used when tuning congas. Each player finds his or her own signature "sound" by listening to the ways more experienced conga drummers tune their instruments (take the time and effort to train your ears to really hear and recognize the sounds) and by exploring the nature of the instrument (by playing it and experimenting with it's tuning). Some players, especially experienced recording percussionists, do tune to specific pitches or key centers (either by ear or using an electronic tuner) and intervals (often combinations of 3rds, 4ths, or even 5ths). But even they have their own favorites. The main goal, though, is to create a "sound" that is true to the nature of the instrument when played using traditional techniques and that work musically within the context in which it is used.

There are, however, some basic procedures and concepts followed by many experienced conga players and recommended by leading manufacturers:

1. Tune congas and bongos in a circular movement around the head. It doesn't matter if you go clockwise or counter clockwise as long as you continue in the same direction as you started.

2. Tune each lug to the same pitch so the drums is in tune with itself. Again, learn to listen to and recognize the sounds.

3. Tune each drum to the note that produces the longest sustain when hitting an open tone and eliminates as much of the overtone ring (the high-pitched, "metallic" sound) as possible. Explore each drum's "nature", it's best and worst pitches.

4. Tune up or down in small to moderate increments.

5. Tune the drum down when finished playing for the day. This greatly extends the life of the head, helps prevent the drum from going out of round and allows you to tune your drum up every time you play so that you get to know it even better.

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Does Travis barker use snare wires on his snare drums?

Of course....otherwise it would sound like a high pitched tom.


Are burswood drums stage drums?

If they sound good and are easy to carry around, then it really doesn't matter what brand you get. Hope that helps.

Burswood instruments (including drums) are made in Hong Kong. They are good drums for beginners, but the hardware used in manufacturing won't stand up to a lot of moving or the abuse that gigging will put on them. Better to use these as practice/ learning drums, and take the Pearls or Sonors to the stage.

Consumer Electronics

What was the talking drum made of?

It is made of a tree named padouk . the sound can hear far away. small drum is made of bamboo.

Travel & Places

What company has the most airplanes?

American Airlines has the largest aircraft fleet, followed by Southwest Airlines


How would you play drums quietly?

You could use a practice pad which will work just like the drum but with less noise. Or guitar hero pad use it with it on mute turned of and practice. Brushes also work if you are playing with a choir and it makes somewhat of a different noise then when hit with a drumstick but works just as well and makes it quieter.

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How much do snare drums weigh?

About 15-25 lbs.

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What are the tabla drums used for?

The Tabla drum is a popular Indian drum used in classical and popular Indian music.

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Who invented the drum?

The oldest drum that we have discovered so far originated from ancient Mesopotamia, from somewhere around 6,000 BCE.
Therefore we assume drums originated from Ancient Mesopotamia, because the oldest drum discovered so far was found from that era, in what is today part of modern-day Iraq.

However that does not strictly mean drums definitely originated from Ancient Mesopotamia, it is very possible that they were invented earlier. But this is the earliest evidence we have of drums so far.

As for the "who" exactly, we may never know. Accurate records from ancient eras do not exist. Most of what we know about the ancients is through archaeology.

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Where can you find backing tracks without drums?

Backing tracks according to your wishes. Various styles, such as musical, country, pop and rock, etc. Any keys, instrumentation and tempo.


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Instrument Buying and Selling

Are Ludwig Element drum sets good drum sets?



What color is a snare drum?

It could be any color. And the material is either some kind of metal or wood.


What is the average weight of a marching bass drum?

About 30lbs

The Bass Drums are usually a five piece section, the smallest weighting approximately ten pounds and the largest weighing approximately thirty pounds.


How do you change the sound of the kettle drum?

a timpani's (kettle drum's) pitch is changed by adjusting a foot peddle, which tightens or loosens the heads

Animal Life

What do you call a person who plays the drums?

1. Drummer

2. Broke

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How do you get rid of Downloader Keenval E?

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I've followed the instructions in kephyr.com and it did work well. Hope this help you.

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How can you show that a drum skin vibrates?

Cover the drum skin with a thin, even layer of sand, pepper or any suitable powder to hand. Play the drum near the rim and watch the sand gather into a pattern over the whole skin. It should gather into piles where the skin is not vibrating (nodes) and be cleared where it is vibrating the most (antinodes) The pattern will change depending on skin tension and where the skin is being struck. Look up Chladni plates for similar evidence.


What is the hole in the snare drum called?

The hole in the shell is generally termed the air vent.

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How much weight can a cajon hold?

A cajon is, in reality, a box (hence the Spanish to English translation, cajon=box). The cajon percussion instrument is designed to be sat on, therefore I wouldn't worry about being too heavy for the instrument. It can hold any-weight person. I wouldn't drive a car over it or anything, however ;D

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Are Groove percussion drums decent?

Yes they are very very good drums. Particularly their snares. They make even kid sets. But their travel 4 and 5 piece sets are great professional sets.

Religion & Spirituality

Did they have drums on slave ships?



Who made the conga drums?

George Congaritis

Books and Literature

What is the problem in drums girls and dangerous pie?

the problem was jeffrey get cancer.


When was the Verdi bass drum invented?


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