The origins of the Drum
The birth of the drum
Is your body the original percussion instrument?
Beating on things to produce a sound, and through that sound express various emotions, is said to have begun in the early stages of human development, where people stomped on the ground or beat their own bodies.
Producing sounds by beating things served not just as accompaniment to dancing but also as a means of communicating with other people over long distances. It has also been used effectively to move the hearts and minds of people, such as in religious ceremonies. A wide variety of percussion instruments were created for these different purposes, and they have been developed and improved over the years.
The drum kit was born at the end of the nineteenth century
At the end of the nineteenth century, the snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, and other percussion instruments were first gathered into a "drum kit" that could be played by one person. The man attributed with starting this evolution is said to be a snare drummer named Dee Dee Chandler. Chandler became popular when he devised a way to play the bass drum by stepping on a pedal with his right foot, while at the same time playing the snare drum. Rhythm sections up to that point were made up of several people, but with Chandler's idea, this number could be reduced, which, in the end, was an incredibly important development.