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.
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