Investing in a small collection of snare drums is a wise method to diversify a drum mix. Having three to five snares ready to go--as well as tuned for timbral variety--bring different sonic characters to the table, save a lot of session headaches, and inspire musical ideas. A comprehensive library would include a standard 5" x 14" snare, one of greater depth (6" to 7"), a heavy brass snare (Ludwig's Black Beauty is the typical warhorse), a piccolo snare, and maybe a few specialty boutique snares. Keep in mind that while no two snare models will sound identical, most snares have the tuning range to cover everything from heavy rock to ska.
Drum heads are the cheapest link in the drummer's signal chain, and yet they account for a majority of a drum's tone. There are two basic kinds--thick and thin. Remo Pinstripes and Evans EC2s are the ideal choices for heavier players, as their thickness allows for great attack and tone at high and medium volumes. For lighter, more acoustic settings, Remo's coated Ambassador heads have been the choice for ages, and they're also a great way to achieve a vintage tone. Bass drum heads come with a variety of dampening options, but a few that always sound good are the Remo Powerstroke and various models by Evans.
Pried from the asthmatically stuttering hands of prima donna backup singers, tambourines have made their way to the drum kit as rack-mounted instruments. Not only do they provide a new voice on their own, but lay one on top of a ride cymbal, and you create a whole new dimension of steroid-enhanced sizzle. It takes up a lot of space in the higher frequencies, but, if you have an open mind and the right situation, the sounds it produces can be inspired.
The snare has been used in commercial events such as military tattoos. They are widely used by modern marching bands of all kinds. One good example of this is the Scottish pipe band. Then they were adapted to fit into a drum kit in the late nineteen and early twentieth century and began to be used in dance halls and saloons in the roaring twenties as part of a drum set.
The snare is the main drum in a kit for the consistent drum beat along with the bass drum. The snare is played most commonly on the two and four in a 4/4 time signature which is the most common time signature used in most music.
Probably the most overlooked invention in the history of drum manufacturing was the DUBL-PEDL from the DUBL-PEDL Company, Madison, Wisconsin. Easily 20 years ahead of its time, the DUBL-PEDL was the first double pedal/single bass drum design. It included a hi-hat with a built-in slave bass drum pedal that attached to a double-beater bass drum pedal. Maybe because double bass drums were not yet popular (Louie Bellson had just convinced the Gretsch Drum Company to design a twin bass drum set), the DUBL-PEDL did not catch on.
At the time, it was obvious that while the snare drum and cymbals could be easily managed with drum sticks, some sort of foot-operated bass drum beater was in order. Being a creative lot, drummers came up with all sorts of inventions for a bass drum pedal. Since the initial manufacture of these pedals was accomplished in the workshops of drummer’s homes, they were generally made of wood.
The very first stainless steel drums came out around 1973, although companies had obviously been experimenting with them for some time prior to this. All-metal drum sets themselves were certainly not new, in fact America’s amazing Duplex stuff was around something like 50 years ago. But, since stainless steel is a pretty expensive material, drums made from it needed to be priced accordingly.
The electronic drum pad is very similar to playing actual drums. It even simulates the feel of real drums. Most are topped with a rubber material to give you the bounce that comes with an actual drum. There are even drum pads that have a rattle incorporated to give you the true sound of a snare drum.
The invention of the double pedal means that you do not need two bass drums, which means more versatility and less cost for the drummer. Not to mention that takes half as much space as having two drums on stage which makes them very popular with bands.
Today, advancements are being made in what was once a very simple instrument. There is a wide variety of drums, which vary depending on their purpose. Musicians are tinkering with drums to allow them to be tuned and drum sets are implementing new music technology and more complicated setups.
When drums were first invented, they were made of natural materials. Hollowed out logs made the base of the drums, and animal skins covered the top. Drum sticks weren't around then, so people used their hands to play the drums.