The Drum: A History

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Scarecrow Press, 2012 - Music - 463 pages
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In The Drum: A History, drummer, instructor, and blogger Matt Dean details the earliest evidence of the drum from all regions of the planet, looking at cave paintings, statues, temple reliefs, and burial remains before finding existing relics of actual drums, which have survived thousands of years. Highlighting the different uses and customs associated with drumming, Dean examines how the drum developed across many cultures and over thousands of years before they became the instruments we know today. A celebration of this remarkable instrument, The Drum: A History explores how war, politics, trade routes, and religion have influenced the drum. Bringing its history to the present, Dean considers the modern cultural and commercial face of the drum, detailing its role in military settings and the development of the "modern drum kit." This study charts the evolution of the recording studio environment, as well as specific analysis of the development of drum heads, sticks, and the often overlooked role of women on the drum kit. In addition, there is a look at the continuing evolution of the drum and its role through surveys of main manufacturers and the increased dependence on electronic drums, sampling machines, and drum recorders. As the first book to detail the entire development of the drum, The Drum: A History will appeal to every drummer, regardless of genre or style, as well as any reader with a general interest in the evolution of this universal instrument.
  

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Contents

Ch01 What Is a Drum?
1
Ch02 Drum History
3
Ch03 Western Asia
9
Ch04 Africa
26
Ch05 Europe
55
Ch06 North America and Canada
68
Ch07 South and Central America
76
Ch08 Southern and Eastern Asia
95
Ch13 Rudiments
325
CH14 Women Drummers
338
Ch15 Drumheads
350
Ch16 Drumsticks
354
Ch17 Practice Kits and Education
360
Ch18 Electronic Kits
367
Ch19 Recording Drums
398
Bibliography
415

Ch09 Southeast Asia
131
Ch10 Oceania
153
Ch11 The European Orchestra
161
Ch12 The Modern Drum Kit
197
Index
435
About the Author
463
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About the author (2012)

Matt Dean is a professional drummer both in live performance and studio recording sessions across all styles of contemporary music around London and Europe. In addition, Dean is a music journalist and an instructor.

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