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30 Interesting Facts About The Drums

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Drum kits are the rhythmic leader of a band, including groups performing live with or without backing tracks and set tempo. Drummers are often described as ‘band leaders’ in the rhythmic sense.

Drumming may be the oldest form of music, based on the simplicity of striking an object but also the crucial factor in our human make-up; the ability to hold the rhythm. Some of our animal cousins show an ability to hold rhythm too; take the Bonobo who can sync with faster rhythms by jumping on a drum (No drummer jokes please!). Drumming has been with us longer than any other form of music and has played a part in the development of our species. It has led from cultural pride to mind-blowing musical talent. Let’s enjoy lots of facts about this amazing section.

1. As Aged As An Alligator

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Drums began as bowls or shells of pottery or wood, covered by a membrane made of animal skin. Some of the oldest drums ever found are from China and are around 7000 years old. These were skinned with an alligator flesh membrane and bashed with a stick. Though no physical evidence is available, it seems likely that Homosapiens and other Great Apes have enjoyed drums for longer than this.

2. Lucky Museums

Throughout the world, there are historical examples of beautiful drums. Take Aboriginal American examples, covered in rich artistry depicting cultural life. Also, the Congo’s Bulup (dance drum); a hyde covered, the tall body of carved wood showing human and patterned imagery.

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