The Very First Drum: A Quick History





The drum has been around for thousands and thousands of years and is one of the earliest instruments known to man. Over the years it has obviously evolved into the drums we now know, but it has always been a membranophone – basically the sound of something when a stretched membrane is struck with any object. The earliest drums date back to 6,000 B.C. and were found in Mesopotamian excavations and were hollowed-out pieces with a membrane stretched over the end of it and pegs that would loosen or tighten the membrane so that the instrument could achieve different types of musical tones.It seems every type of ancient culture had some sort of drums since there are several wall markings depicting drums found in caves all across the world, telling us they were used in various aspects of their lives. Many times, they were used in religious rituals or ceremonies, as well as setting the marching beat for soldiers as they went to war for many years.In 500 BC, drums were also used as a form of communication in Sri Lanka between tribes and cities. But the first modern drum (snare drum) was introduced in 1300 AD around the medieval times in Europe, and it’s the first time drum sticks were recorded to create the beat used by a snare drum called Tabors, which were made from wood. 

The bass drum was first brought to Europe in the `400s, which is bigger than the snare drum and was considered the “Turkish drum” at the time.
Up until the 1800s, the drum remained the same, but it was during this time that modern people began exploring the world more and the bongo drum was known to the world as explorers travelled to Africa and Cuba. But the drum set as we know it today wasn’t introduced until 1930. In 1958, Joe Calato invented the modern drum stick with nylon tips that helped extend the life of the stick, which is what many musicians complained about before.
In the 1960, drum sets became a popular instrument and included more cymbals and bass drums. It wasn’t until 1976 that the first electric drums were introduced by Karl Bartos and it would later shape the future of the instrument!





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