12 Facts About Bass drum


Bass drum is a large drum that produces a note of low definite or indefinite pitch.

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The bass drum makes a low, boom sound when the mallet hits the drumhead.

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In jazz, the bass drum can vary from almost entirely being a timekeeping medium to being a melodic voice in conjunction with the other parts of the set.

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Once an appropriate tree was selected and the basic frame for the long Bass drum was constructed, the Africans took cow hides and soaked them in boiling hot water, in order to stretch them out.

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Sometimes the front head of a kit bass drum has a hole in it to allow air to escape when the drum is struck for shorter sustain.

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Double bass drum pedal operates much the same way as a single bass drum pedal does, but with a second footplate controlling a second beater on the same drum.

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The first person to use and popularize the double bass drum setup was jazz drummer Louie Bellson, who came up with the idea when he was still in high school.

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Each drum plays a different note, and this gives the bass line a unique task in a musical ensemble.

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Since the bass drum is oriented differently from a snare or tenor drum, the stroke itself is different, but the fundamentals remain the same.

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Bass drum technique sees huge variation between different groups both in the ratio of forearm rotation to wrist turn and the differing views on how the hand works while playing.

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However, the basic stroke on a drum produces just one of the many sounds a bass line can produce.

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The high tension drum heads allow this player to play notes that are just as taxing as those of the snare line, and often the top bass will play a part in unison with the snare line to add some depth to their sound.

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