About The Drumkit

The modern Drum Kit is a collection of drums and cymbals, usually consisting of a bass drum, snare, tom-toms, hi-hat, and suspended cymbals. The first recognisable versions of the Drum Kit appeared in the early 1900s in America and Canada, where percussion instruments previously played by several players were put together to be played by an individual in order to save space in theatres. Later on, inventions such as the bass drum foot pedal and hi-hat stands served to pave the way towards what we now know as the modern Drum Kit.

Famous Drummers

  • Keith Moon
  • Phil Collins
  • Ringo Star
  • John Bonham
  • Neil Peart
  • Dave Grohl

The Drum Kit is a staple of modern pop and rock music, having gained huge popularity in the 1960s with the beginning of the’ Rock n’ Roll’ movement. Nowadays it is used in many genres of music, from jazz and funk, to pop, rock, and heavy metal. Drum Kits may vary in terms of numbers of drums, cymbals, and extra additions (such as the double bass pedal), and different drum kits are more suitable to certain styles of music than others.

Famous Drum Songs

  • We Will Rock You (Queen)
  • YYZ (Rush)
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
  • The Real Me (The Who)
  • Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin)

 

Are the drums for you?

Like other modern instruments, the drum kit is now a fully recognised instrument, on which you can take graded exams in various musical genres, as well as formal study at degree level. Drums have a huge appeal to children as they are loud and fun (!) but learning to play the drums will teach any student to listen to music differently, to learn the intricacies of timing and rhythm, and will hugely increase musical knowledge. To help with noise and space practicalities, there is a large range of electric drum kits on the market which mean that you don’t have to annoy the neighbours!