A drum set or drum kit
usually consists of five or six different pieces.
Using drum sticks or mallets to strike the drums
causes the instruments vibration to broadcast the
sound. Pearl and Yamaha tend to be the more
popular brands for those starting out.
Electronic drums make
their sound from electronic waveforms and not
acoustic vibration. Because of this, they tend
to be more expensive than traditional drum sets and
they only generate an approximation what traditional
drum sets offer.
Drum sticks have
different shapes and sizes from the time to the
barrel. The tip of a drumstick is called the
bead. The tip is what strikes the drum and the
shoulder is below the tip. The shaft is the
rest of the drumstick where you hold on.
A percussion mallet is a
drum stick but comes in specialized versions for
bigger percussion instruments. It's parts are
similar to a traditional drumstick yet tends to have
a different head or bead.
Not many companies can claim they were
started in the early 1600's but Zildjian can. This extremely popular
cymbal company was founded in Istanbul and is one of the oldest
companies in the world. In 2010 they merged with Vic Firth, Inc.
Zildjian cymbals tend to be cast bronze or sheet bronze material.
This Canadian cymbal manufacturer is one of
the top players in the cymbal market. Found in 1981 by Robert
Zildjian after a dispute with his brother Armand. Sabian cymbals
are of very high quality and often compared to the Zildijian brand.
Bongos come from Cuba
and are a percussion instrument made of open air
drums attached to each other. Most Bongos are
simply played by using your hands and often go along
with Cuban music. Bongos produce a higher
pitched sound than other drums like a Congo drum.
There are times a drum stick can be used with
A tumbadora is another name for a Conga
drum. A conga drum is used in afro-Caribbean music and is the
primary instrument in Rumba. Salsa, Latin music and
Reggaeton also use the conga drum. Conga drum players are called
congueros and this term started around the 1950's.
Timbales are also called pailas criollas but
most rarely use that term. They are a metal casing drum that was
orginally invented in Cuba similar to the Bongos. If you were to
play a timbales, you would be called a timbalero. Most of the time
there are two Timbales mounted to a stand to play correctly.