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The drum kit consists of a bass drum, snare, hi-tom, floor-tom, ride cymbal, hi-hat and crash cymbal. Each piece of the kit is introduced and played in turn. A simple rhythm is built up by hitting the bass drum on the first beat and the snare drum on every third of the four beats. In addition there is a brief history of the modern day drum kit and an explanation about how the snare drum works.
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First broadcast:
5 October 2010

Classroom Ideas

This clip could be used to discover the history of the drum kit. Children could research when the drum kit evolved and what it consisted of. Using body percussion, children could try to be a drum kit. They could use their feet for the bass drum, finger clicks for hi-hat and patting legs for snare drum. Once confident, they can explore how to do a fill using body percussion.