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Basic Parts of a Drum

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You can easily set your own drum. In fact it won't take too much time to have drum set up. You have to search a spot where you can place the instrument and must know the basic parts to have the drum set appropriately. The drum parts along with their individual roles in completing solid sounds and beats are briefly stated below:

Drum heads: This is the foundation of the drum kit. It's placed on the floor and positioned in the middle. A pedal is attached to the hardware wherein you can use your foot to make the beats. It's the most important part of the instrument that creates the deepest tone. A drum has two heads. The top head and the bottom head. The top head is the area of the drum that you strike with the drumsticks. Heads and shells come in different varieties, each with its individual sound and tone. Heads are usually made of animal hide, but are now made up of plastic. They are translucent and have a coated finish for creating a darker and lighter tone. Its generally thinner and lighter. The curled wires run across the bottom head. When the drum is played, the wires vibrate and resonate against the bottom head that creates the buzz sound.

    • Shell: The drum parts also consist of the shell. The shell is the outer circle casing of drum that give its shape. Shells are made up of metal, such as aluminum and titanium, or wood. Various materials that are used in the shell will give every drum different sound quality.

    • Strainer: Drum parts also consist of strainer.The strainer is the lever system on the side of the shell which regulates the tension of the wires held across the diameter of the drum located at the bottom head. The strainer system contains a knob, which adjusts the tightness of the wires across the bottom head and the lever releases all the tension quickly so that the wires does not touch the bottom head. The more tension applied on the wires against the head, the more sharper will be the sound when the drum is struck. If the tension is completely removed from the wires, the drum will sound like a tom-tom.

    • Lugs: Lugs are often attached to drum shell and provide the place for the tension rods in order to screw in. The hoop of the drum sits on the top of the drum head. The rods go through the hoop and screw in the lugs so that the head can be loosened or tightened. Loosening and Tightening the tension of the drum head will determine the pitch of the drum. The looser the head of the drum, the lower the pitch will be and tighter the drum head is, the higher the pitch will be.

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