Bass Drum

Energizer Bunny

Probably the most famous of Bass Drums is the one carried by the Energizer Bunny

The Bass Drum is one of the most commonly used of percussion instruments. It comes in various sizes from 20 inches up to 2 metres in diameter, but occurs commonly in 36inch, and 40 inch sizes. Unlike the Tenor Drum, the Bass Drum is like a giant snare, minus the snare, and is usually mounted on a stand sideways, or suspended in a frame, with the skins facing horizontally. It is generally struck in a glancing fashion, unless the composer indicates otherwise. The Bass Drum, using just 2 examples, can add considerable weight to an orchestra when used to emphasise a loud tutti, or added power when played as a roll in a sustained passage requiring an extra element of low tension.

Bass Drum

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