Snare Drum, You and your instrument assignment

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In class I play the snare drums, which are called the Side drum.

The heads of the snare drums are made of calf skin (around which the membrane is lapped) and a counter hoop. The heads of the drums are tightened by metal rods but at times, there can be drums that have heads that are tightened in military bands by rope lacings that run up the sides of the drum, (At times, there can be drums that have drumheads that are tightened by screws). Across the bottom head of the drum (the snare head), is stretched a bundle of several gut, nylon, wire, or wire-covered silk strings (snares). Drumsticks are made of wood. Stand is made of steel. When a drumstick strikes the upper head of the drum (batter head), the vibration transmitted from the batter head to the snare head by air vibrations inside the drum, and the snares then vibrate sympathetically with the snare head.

The family the snare drum belongs to is the Percussions. It has a range of a low-pitched and high-pitched sound depending on how hard the drum is struck by a drumstick. The snare drum has a cylindrical shell of wood, plywood, or metal 5-12 inches (13-30 cm) high and 14-16 inches (35-40cm) in diameter. It can play or create a snappy, penetrating and a high-pitched sound. The snare drum has only two notes, which are left and right.

Your arms should be strong and fast enough to play notes at a fast or slow pace. Also concentration is needed when you play a rhythm that does not change for a long period of time (otherwise you will lose track).

If you have good strength and do not get tired easily (by not smoking or doing bad health habits) then you...