Lesser-quality electric drums had been around since the 1970s, but the most famous and best quality electric drum set is arguably the Roland TD-10 released in 1997.
The classic Surfaris song, an instrumental with a memorable drum solo, spent four months on the Billboard charts.
The Ludwig Drum Company introduced the first drum pedal.
Though earlier drumsticks may have existed, the first recorded ones go back to 1300 and were made of wood.
Drums have been round since humans learned to keep rhythm, and drums dating back to ancient China prove it.
She's 105, her name is Viola Smith, and she can still rock with the best of them.
Londoner Pandit Sudarshan Das performed a continuous drum roll for 14 hours
Developed by Dr. Mark Temperature, it takes four people and fifteen hours to set up — and an hour to hit each individual piece.
It did a 360 degree loop-the-loop during his solo (and even got stuck upside down once during a concert).
The crazy antics of the Muppet Animal are said to be based on the late Who drummer Keith Moon.
Drumming is good for you! It burns more calories than many other forms of exercise, enhances happiness, lowers stress hormones, and increases your pain threshold. Hit it!
Playing to a drummer's beat has been shown to increase cooperation among groups, possibly because everyone is experiencing the effects of drummer's high. Besides, it's fun and it sounds so sweet to everyone listening.
Back in the 1970s and '80s, the rock 'n' roll drum solo was king. So break out your vinyl and listen to some classic solos. Some suggestions: "Moby Dick" by Led Zeppelin, "Tom Sawyer" by Rush, "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins, and "Hot for Teacher" by Van Halen.
Studies have shown that listening to beats can help increase concentration and cognitive function. Being exposed to rhythmic light and sound therapy helped university students bring up their grades, demonstrated a similar calming effect as medication, and even increased the IQ scores of children with ADD.
Drums go back to our very beginnings. Throughout time, they've been used to communicate, celebrate, signal, and entertain. The beat they provide is the very rhythm of humanity. Researchers at Harvard showed that drummers have an internal clock that moves in waves, mimicking brain waves and heart rates during sleep. Rock on!
Drumming produces endorphins, creating a "drummer's high" that increases happiness for all of the players. The hypothesis here is that drumming and sharing rhythms were integral to ancient societies and we still respond to them that way.