You may have already known by now that playing the drums can contribute to a more healthy lifestyle, may it be regarding: working out, spiritual healing, self-reintegration and being able to connect the deeper parts of the nerves in your brain to give you a healthier mental state. Having that knowledge may or may not have convinced you to start atleast getting the basic rhythm patterns to create harmonious beats. Maybe after that, you would finally ask your parents, or get yourself your set of drums.
However, like how a Blacksmith should master its tools to create the perfect weapon, you should also get to know the type of instrument you will soon be taking reins over.
This article will try to be as comprehensive as it can be with the types of drums available for your consumption. There is a myriad of types to choose from around the world, but you should acquaint yourself first with a few ones before exploring further.
Now, we choose. Let us get started with some of the basic types:
• A Box Drum- this is just the type of drum that is literally in the shape of a box
• Frame Drum- this is ‘thinner’ drum; its outer portion not far from the lowest part of the instrument
• Fiction Drum- sound is produced by rubbing and not by pounding/banging
• Bass Drum- the drum that produces the lowest bass note; produces a deeper sound
• Kettle Drum- a drum that looks like a kettle without the handles (note: they are named after what they look like)
• Jug Drum – pottery treated as drums used as instruments used by the ethnic tribes
• Snare Drum- the kind of drums often seen in bands; this drum produces a high-pitched sound when a stick pounds ‘head’
• Hand Drum- sounds are produced by striking the instruments with your bare hands; used in spiritual circles
• Stir Drum- this is a musical instrument once used by ethnic tribes. It is somehow circular in shape, and its ‘rungs’ or ‘tongues’ is struck to produce a sound using a beater
• Talking Drum- is an hourglass-shaped drum with two wooden heads that when beat, produce tonal sounds; this is often seen used in Africa
• Standing Drum- it is a type of drum set where you can bring around and play while standing; can often be seen used by street performers to give a bit of theatrics in music playing
• Goblet Drum- as suggested by its name, it is shaped like a goblet and is mostly used by Middle Easterns, North and South Africans
So here a few types of drums that will hopefully help you in choosing the perfect set of your preference. There are still a lot more types of the different parts of the world and its cultures that may or may not influence your style of playing as well. Research more on the pros and cons, and start getting lessons!