The bass drum is a large drum that produces a note with a low definite or definite pitch. As a component of a drum set, it is used in marching music, concert band music, orchestral music, and in almost all types of popular music. It is used to mark the time in popular music, project the tempo in marching bands, and punctuate a musical impact in classical music. It can also be used as a melodic voice in conjunction with the rest of the drums in a drum kit, most notably employed in jazz music.
Types of Bass Drums
Kinds of Bass Drums include the following:
Concert bass drum
The concert bass drum is used in concert bands and orchestras.
It is approximately 36 inches in diameter.
It is struck by one or two large padded mallets, which comes in different sizes, shapes, and densities. It can also be used with timpani mallets, keyboard percussion mallets, and drumsticks.
One hand is used to strike it, while the other is used to muffle it.
The forearm or knee can be used for muffling the sound when both mallets are used for beating.
The concert bass drum is also used for making sound effects such as earthquake and thunder sounds.
The kick drum is part of a drum kit.
It is struck by a beater attached to a foot pedal.
The heel-toe motion is commonly used to hit the pedal of the bass drum. The heel is set down first before rolling towards the ball of the foot, making a rocking motion that allows the drummer to hit the pedal quicker.
It usually has a diameter of 20 to 22 inches. The one used in big bands can have a diameter of 16 to 26 inches.
It is more muffled and boomy than the concert bass drum.
The boomy sound can be remedied by placing a pillow against the back head to get a more solid thud.
Pitched bass drum
The pitched bass drum is used in marching bands and drum corps.
It is tuned to a specific pitch.
It is played in a set of three to six bass drums.
Each drum plays a different note, creating a musical ensemble when played together.
Choosing Bass Drums (Buying tips)
Hole: To get shorter sustains, choose a kick drum with a hole in the front head that allows air to escape. It also allows a microphone to run through the drum for recording and amplification.
Tuning: Choose a bass drum with a tuning adjustment feature that allows you to set it to produce the tone and pitch you want.