Getting Used Drum for Your Child

However, it can be hard to buy a drum kit, which can run hundreds of dollars in cost, so the best idea is to find used drum kits. Used drum kits are noticeably cheaper, and despite what is thought, are just as good as brand new drum kits. In fact, for a young kid learning on a set of drums, you are better off to get used drum kits because it then the kids can bang the hell out of them, and you don’t have to worry about losing hundreds or thousands of dollars on an investment because your child doesn’t have a quiet volume for the drums they play, nor how hard they hit them.

Of course, that begs the question, where can you get used drum kits. Well the fact of the matter is that there is one primary place to get them, two if you count the classifieds in the paper but those don’t work all that well. The best place to find used drum kits is pawn shops. You will be able to actually find a wide array of used Musical instruments there, and drum kits are only one of them. You should be able to find cheap kits that will cost no more than a few hundred, or as low as $100.

This is the best route to go initially for the reason stated above, as well as the fact that when your child says they want a drum kit, it does not mean they will always play the drums and the last thing your family needs is a $2,000 drum kit sitting and collecting dust in the garage because your child is bored with it now.

One of the beautiful things about buying the drum kit from a pawn shop, is that if your child does not play the Electronic drums anymore because they have moved onto something else, then you can just sell it back to the same pawn shop for a lower price, or another pawn shop at a higher price and earn yourself a profit.

Used drum kits are an excellent way to get your kids involved with drum kits, without having to spend a lot of money. That provides you the assurance that if your child gets bored with the instrument, you are not going to be left with a large cost.

For anyone starting out on the drums, there is no better way to go than getting a used drum kit. Once they are rich and famous, you can get a brand new drum set. Just another way parents can save money when they are encouraging their children to try new things.

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Time To Replace Drum Heads?

Well, first I will assume that you do tune your drums as needed and that all of the tension rods didn’t suddenly strip out. So, I’d suspect some drum heads now need replacement.

Drum heads, like guitar strings, don’t have to break in order to need replacing. Like guitar strings, they need to be replaced when they won’t hold tunings and the resonance in gone. Your ears should tell you “hey this doesn’t sound good anymore”. Plus, many times, drum heads won’t feel good anymore either. Hey you rock and roll animal, they just wear out.

The most common variables for when to replace your drum heads include:

How often you play ?
How hard you play ?
What kind of heads you use ?

The first head to go on my set is always the snare drum batter. It just gets a lot of hard strokes and because I like the sound of a single ply coated batter on my snare drums, that kind of head isn’t going to last as long as some other heads might. Now, I could buy other types of heads with more durability but they don’t have the sound and feel I prefer. Just like the guitar player could use heavier gauge strings, but they would feel and play like steel cables to his fingers. The point is that is a “feel vs. durability” decision that only you can make for your drum kit heads.

There is a simple test to see just how much wear your snare drum batter head gets after just one gig. At the end of the show, just take it the previously “new” head off and look at it. Does it have lots of dents in it? Is the middle “caved in” pretty deep? If it is really dented up or if it has a big “crater” spot in the middle, then it’s had it. Some drummers can get through several performances without changing snare batter heads. Some change them are every gig. I typically get about three shows out of one.

I usually change the snare bottom heads about every fifth batter head. You may experience a different replacement cycle. However, the bottom heads do wear out from the constant snare vibrations and you would be amazed at just how much a dead snare bottom head absolutely kills your snare drum’s sound.

Importance Of Drums in Classical Music

Primitive music is more rhythm than it is melody, Some of this primitive music is tremendously expressive. Melody could add very little to the foreboding pulsations of the African war drums.

In fact, melody would detract more than it would add. There is something in the constantly recurring rhythmical beat of the drums which pulsates in the blood. There is something in the incessant and ominous boom of the drums which pounds in the brain.

Melody would relieve the tension, would break the spell. But the dread rhythm of the war drums, beating in the ears, booming in the brain, speaks a terrible message which could be spoken in no other way.

If it be a dirge, how little is melody missed when the drums begin their lament! With a rhythm peculiarly expressive of grief and sorrow, the drums beat out a mournful elegy which asks nothing of either words or melody.

By contrast, what can be gayer than the castanets and tambourines of Spain or the bongas and maracas of Cuba? The quickened rhythm, the joyous accents of these instruments sing a song of gaiety and happiness which melody could scarcely supplement.

What can the melody of the bugle add to the stirring rattle of the military drum, sounding assembly or commanding a charge? The weird, the mysterious, the terrible all can be portrayed with tremendous drama and reality by bare rhythm without melody.
These ancient kettledrums were hemispherical and had skin heads stretched across the top by hoops which were held in place and tightened by adjusting screws around the rim.

Kettledrums graduated from the army and the military band into the orchestra during the time of Lully and were used commonly by him and other French composers of the seventeenth century.

As early as 1713 kettledrums had become popular in Germany, for Johann Mattheson, of Hamburg, composer and musical authority, writing of the musical instruments of his day, says that kettledrums were often used in both church and opera.

These he says were used in pairs and were tuned a fourth apart, a practice which existed for many years. Handel knew about kettledrums, using them in his “Water Music.” Bach also used them, as did Haydn and Mozart and all the other great masters who came later.

These early kettledrums, or tympani, as they are now called, were hand tuned and were pitched in C and G, the tonic and dominant of the key in which the music was written.

The large kettle was tuned to the G below the C, while the small kettle was tuned to the C, making them a fourth apart. The reason for this inversion was the limitations of the instruments.

If the tonic had been given to the large kettle and the dominant to the small kettle, the dominant would generally have been higher than the small kettle’s compass. Therefore, the tonic was given to the small kettle, and the dominant an octave below was given to the large kettle.

Kettledrums were treated mostly as military instruments, for they were hardly ever allowed to play except with the trumpets, in marches, overtures and other such music. This is only another example of following custom.