Drums & Percussion/Drum Beat Instrument.

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Dear Mike

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drum_beat
https://www.drumbeat.org/
https://wiki.mozilla.org/Drumbeat
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwh2S8-APrs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwc8PLr_ock
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=562rEdC3umw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGsuoECKiUg

Are the Total Number of Drums a variable or constant ?.

i.e. Total Number of Drums = 4.

Or they can vary as 2,3,4,5 etc

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

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Hi Prashant,

The number of drums in a drum kit varies. It depends on the drummer and the style of music as to how many drums there are. For instance, a drummer who is playing straight ahead jazz would probably have a kit consisting of a: bass drum, snare, rack tom, floor tom and cymbals. Drummers playing other styles of music would start there and add (or not) drums depending on what they felt like playing or what the music called for.
Feel free to ask any follow up questions.

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Mike  

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