Playing the drums is a great way to relieve stress and entertain yourself and knowing the drum parts may help you perform better. Each part of a drum serves a purpose and understanding its purpose is essential. There are several types of drums that have a specific sound, but there are parts that each drum has in common.
- Drum Head The head of the drum is one of the most important parts of the drum. It determines what type of sound the drum will make when it is played. The drum head is a circular membrane stretched across the top of the drum. The material is made of depends on what sound you want the drum to make. Some examples of this material are plastic and wood.
- Drum Rim The rim of the drum can also be called the hoop. The drum rim is a circular piece that is placed over the drum head to hold it securely in place. Flanged, die cast and wood are the three main types of drum rims.
- Tension Rods Tension rods go into the hole of the rim. These rods can be adjusted in order to tighten or loosen the drum head. This changes the sound that is emitted when the drum is played.
- Zero Rings These rings are called zero rings because they are shaped like the number zero. They are placed over the drum head to create a slightly muffled sound. These can be purchased or made out of old drum heads.
- Drum Key A drum key is a device that is placed on the tension rod to tighten the drum head. This drum key is usually made of metal.