The oldest idiophones in music are cymbals, and were used all through the ancient Near East, very early in the Bronze Age interval. Cymbals are most related to Turkey and Turkish craftsmanship, where Zildjian (the name means cymbal smith) has predominantly made them since 1623. The snare drum is the center of the drum package, notably in rock, due its utility of offering the backbeat. When utilized in this style, it provides strong common accents, performed by the left hand (if proper handed), and the backbone for many fills. Its distinctive sound can be attributed to the bed of stiff snare wires held under tension to the underside of the lower drum head.
On top of this, it was used prolifically by the older jazz drummers like Buddy Rich, and was even used by Frank Beard of ZZ Top. Drums figure prominently in the 21st century in numerous musical genres … Read More