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  • James Kyden Hopson

Just Beat It!

Drums were with us from the dawn of mankind. The first drums that have been found in China were made with alligator skins, dating to a period of 5500–2350 BC.

Medieval drum kits were created in the 1700s after drums became a foundation of rhythm sections of large orchestras. Drums are usually played by striking with the hand, or with one or two sticks.

In many traditional cultures, drums have a symbolic function and are used in religious ceremonies. In popular music "drums" usually, refers to a drum kit.

How to become a drummer

The pathway to becoming a professional drummer is studying music at University or by taking lessons and practising in your own time. It takes time and it needs talent and heaps of energy to become a professional drummer. Drummers get fit because they use all four of their limbs to play the drum kit. Drumming burns more calories in 30 minutes than cycling, weight lifting and hiking. Skills you need to become a drummer are limb independence, eye-hand coordination and a good sense of rhythm. Never give up and just beat it!


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