Informative Speech Essay

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Aaron Igel
Professor Doyle
Intro to Comm. T R 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
01 October 2014
What is the absolute best sound in the world? Is it the crashing of waves, the sound of a V8 hemi, or the sound of a credit card being swiped and approved? For a musician, in particular a percussionist, the sound of a drum set would be their favorite sound in the world. Today I am going to briefly talk about the origin of the drum, the components of the modern drum set, and the benefits of drumming.
I) Percussion instruments have been used since prehistoric times.
A) Drums are found in nearly every culture in the world and have existed since before 6000 B.C. (“drum.”).
1) The first drumming in drums history was a series clapping of hands and
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(“How Products are Made.”)
b) Hardware made of steel to hold everything together, some use plastic and wood for rims and stands. Snare strands also made of steel.
2) Cymbals, sticks, and heads
a) Cymbals normally made of an alloy of copper, tin, and low amount of silver. (hihat, crash, ride)
b) Sticks usually hickory, oak, and maple: plastic/wood tips.
c) Heads made up of polyethylene terephthalate. Come in coated, smooth coated, ebony, clear, and skins. (“How Products are Made.”)
A) Todays modern components of the Drumset
1.) 5 piece drumset-general starter kit.
a) Snare drum: mounted on a special stand, placed between the players knees. Contain steel strands underneath it which produce its unique sound.
b) One or more tom toms drums, (high pitched short drums), mounted on raised stands without snares underneath them like the snare drum.
c) A hi-hat stand(set of 2 cymb.) , operated by the left foot. Also, one or more suspended cymbals are used (normally crash, ride). All the drums and cymbals are hit using a drumstick, w/ the exception of the bass drum
d) Bass drum: Played by a pedal operated by the right foot. Low end, Deep, punchy sound.
e) The drumset is usually played seated on a drum stool or throne.

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