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View Poll Results: Is a drum a musical instrument?
Yes 59 93.65%
No 4 6.35%
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Old 11-01-2009, 01:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by PJStew View Post
1. percussion instrument is a subset of musical instruments, in the same way wind instrument, brass instrument and all the other ones are.
2. I don't think I even need to answer this one, it's just not true.
3. I'm not sure if you could really play a melody on a drum, but I did find some talk on the internet of a few drummers who had played melody with very big drum kits i.e. lots of drums and symbols of different tuning.
But whether you can or you can't it's beside the point, that wouldn't determine whether it's a musical instrument or not.

So anyway please let me know what you all think and vote on the poll

I think you're completely right and your coworker is dumb.

Just for shits and giggles though, here's my response to his arguments:

1. A drum is not a musical instrument, it's a percussion instrument.
Percussion instruments include not just drums but also things like pianos and xylophones. Does he think pianos are not musical instruments too?

2. You can't tune a drum or a drum doesn't go out of tune.
Yes you can tune a drum and yes they do go out of tune. What does this guy think a drum key is used for?

3. You can't play a melody with a drum.
Really now? What about steel drums?
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:18 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Yes, of course! Music today, drums play a role other than keeping a beat, take a song without the drums. Sounds horible. you need the drums in a song. Just my opinion.
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Old 11-03-2009, 08:13 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Old 12-03-2009, 01:56 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I do think that this is my area of expertise.

A drum, any kind for that matter, is in fact a musical instrument. You're co-worker is DEAD WRONG on his three points. Percussion is a class of instruments, just like woodwinds or brass. You can tune drums. And they do go out of tune. Take quads for example. When my marching band takes them out in the cold of Mass, the drums have to be tuned down some, so that the risk of breaking the head is drastically reduced. Marching snares, are tuned aprx. to an A. And percussionists are musicians. It takes a tremdous amount of skill in order to play percussion. For one, percussionists keep the beat. They have to right on the beat, every single time, or the other members of the ensemble take the percussionist(s) tempi.
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Old 12-04-2009, 10:19 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Believe or not, drums do have a tone, just not a sustained one. It's a collection of frequencies and harmonics just as much as a piano or a guitar.
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Old 12-07-2009, 01:34 PM   #16 (permalink)
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hmm, you work with stupid people.
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Old 12-07-2009, 04:31 PM   #17 (permalink)
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actually you can tune a drum, and play varied notes on a drum (excluding kick)
pretty much if it's something that can make a sound it can be a musical instrument


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Old 12-07-2009, 04:53 PM   #18 (permalink)
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You can, in fact, play a melody with steel pan drums.
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Old 12-09-2009, 07:10 AM   #19 (permalink)
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So I think this has been settled once and for all.
  • Just because it doesn't entirely carry the melody, doesn't mean it's not an instrument
  • Drums are entirely tuneable
  • Melody is a very important part of all music, yes, but so is the harmony and the rythem
  • Percussionists are in fact musicians; other wise, how could one obtain a doctorite degree in percussion?
  • Percussion may be simple instruments in the theory of music evolution, but they add a different spice, a different color to the music
  • And percussion can have the melody. Keyboard instruments are still in the percussion family
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:53 AM   #20 (permalink)
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What the hell?

Drums can fall out of tune just like stringed instruments. The tenser the drum skin is; the brighter the tone. Same with stringed instruments. This guy is a dumbass.
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