Drums Lessons IN BURR RIDGE


percussion instrument

Drums consist of a membrane (also known as a skin) stretched over an open-ended cylinder (also known as a shell) and struck with a mallet or stick, or by using the hand or fingers. In jazz, some drummers will use brushes for a smoother, quieter sound. In many traditional cultures, drums have a symbolic function and are used in religious ceremonies. They are often used in music therapy, especially hand drums, because of their tactile nature and ease of use by a wide variety of people.

Along with the voice, the drum is perhaps the oldest instrument known to humans. Drums first appeared as far back as 6000 B.C. Mesopotamian excavations have unearthed small cylindrical drums dated 3000 B.C..


Drums may be played individually, with the player using a single drum or in a set of two or more all played by the one player, such as bongo drums and timpani. A number of different drums together with cymbals form the basic modern drum kit. Several factors determine the sound a drum produces, including the type, shape and construction of the drum shell, the type of drum heads it has, and the tension of these drumheads. Different drum sounds have different uses in music.


Famous drummers include Buddy Rich and Max Roach (jazz), and Phil Collins, Keith Moon, Meg White, and Neil Peart (rock).


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Greg Essig

Drums Teacher
Greg Essig is a 29 year old drummer who has been performing, teaching and touring nationally since graduating from Northern Illinois University in 2013 with a degree in music performance. He has experience in many fields of percussion including classical repertoire, mallet percussion (marimba, xylophone etc.), and drumset. Greg's specialty is drumset and is well versed in many styles on the instrument including Jazz, Jazz fusion, Rock, Latin, Pop, Hiphop, and many others.

Recommended Books:
- Exploring Your Creativity On The Drumset by Mark Guiliana
- Master Studies by Joe Morello
- The New Breed by Gary Chester
- The All American Drummer by Charley Wilcoxon
- Modern Rudimental Swing Solos by Charley Wilcoxon
- Modern School For Xylophone, Marimba and Vibraphone by Morris Goldenberg
- Portraits In Rhythm by Anthony Cirone
- Advance Funk Studies - Rick Latham
- Stick Control - George Lawrence Stone

Recommended DVDs:
- Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer by Jojo Mayer
- Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer Part II (Foot Technique) by Jojo Mayer

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