Drumming 101: Basic Drum Terms You Must Know

According to the Australian Institute of Music, thousands of different types of drums are out there. From acoustic to electronic, they come in various sizes and shapes. The type of drum you choose depends on the style of music you play.

“Playing the drums became one of the good habits children around the globe discovered. The way someone plays the drums strengthens their physical flexibility and agility. It is also said that it is good for the physical development of children,” says pro drummer and news analyst Olivia Jones from 8news—one of Australia’s very reputable news sources that meet users’ expectations for updating global and local news.

Drums are one of the oldest instruments around. They’ve been played since ancient times and continue to play an essential role in music today. Here are some standard drum terms you should know before starting your journey into the world of drums.

1. Rudiments

Rudiments are various drum rhythms that you can play on a drum set or drum kit to create music or be used as drills in and of themselves. Although there are many other drum rudiments, 40 have been chosen as the most essential and practical rudiments to master.

2. Drum Fill

A drum fill, also known as a lick or a chop, is a phrase you play to bridge the gap between verses, choruses, or other musical portions of a song or to lead the band into the following section, such as the bridge.

3. Drum Throne

The term “throne” is frequently used to describe the drummer’s chair. Yes, the drummer has a specific seat, just like royalty.

4. Authentic And Coordinated Grip

These phrases explain the proper grip for the drumsticks. You hold the left stick like a fork and the right bar like a wand while using the conventional grip. Hold both bars in a wand-like fashion with palms facing down and a matched grip.

5. Groove Or Beat

A rhythmic pattern you play in sync with the music is called a drum groove or beat.

6. Tempo

Tempo is an expression of speed or duration. When practising and increasing their tempo, drummers may employ a click track or metronome. Certain drummers and ensembles even use a click track when performing live.

7. Drum Shell

The drum shell provides the framework of the drum. Shells can be crafted from metal, acrylic, or wood.

8. Drumroll

This two-handed drumming style, sometimes known as a buzz roll, generates continuous sound. Drummers frequently use the snare drum for drum rolls.

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The list of drum words is endless, and as you continue your drum training, you will learn many more. Never be afraid to ask someone, preferably an expert, what a new term means if you come across one. The most excellent method to learn and expand your drum vocabulary is through practice.

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