What is the Battery?
The battery is a musical percussion instrument consisting of the union of other various instruments such as the plates and drums, among others. It is a tool that highlights in ethyls of music rock, pop and jazz, being considered, along with the bass, as the basis of modern popular music.
Among the musical instruments, the percussion has the ancient origin of all. The history of battery began around 1880, various percussion instruments that formed the battery joined. Before its creation, groups of jazz of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, used to use various percussion instruments in performances and so needed several musicians who could take care of each one. This caused problems for the space of the stage, so it was requested to the musicians who played many instruments could. In 1909, William F. Ludwig invented the pedal or foot of hype, allowing to play several instruments at once; Thus was formed the battery which was used especially in style rock, spreading rapidly. A fact that made her popular was the appearance on television of Ringo Starr of The Beatles group, using a set of Ludwig.
The battery consists of different components which depend especially on drummer, musical style, personal taste, its financial resources, etc. The main instruments included in the battery are the drum, which has 46 to 66 centimeters in diameter by 35 to 56 inches deep and is located in the center of the set in the ground and is powered with a pedal; the drums or toms, 15 to 35 cm in diameter are located above the bass drum or in special supports if they are more than two; Tom Base or Goliath, from 35 to 46 centimeters in diameter, is located to the right; Box, 35 centimeters in diameter located to the left. The dishes are also fundamental in a battery with the Hi-Hat or Charles, which is a system of two dishes with pedal, that sound hitting one against the other, the Ride, which is a large and thick plate and the Crash which is a medium bowl of quick response. On a full battery, there are 9 dishes altogether, of different sizes and which produce different sounds.
Instruments are also part of the battery. Each dish has its support and the support of Charles, has a pedal; the Goliath have feet or rod that rise from the ground; support the timpani is attached to the drum casing; the bass drum has a foot and two feet or rods that prevent it from rocking; Finally there is the holder.
The batteries are played with the so-called sticks, which can be of wood, fiber and aluminum with different thicknesses, weights, lengths and tips. All this makes each stick produces a different sound and allows drummer to play with more or less speed. They are used according to the taste and style of the drummer. Brands and battery configurations are also to taste of the drummer. Each brand presents products of different sizes and also different types of sounds. The most renowned and considered to be of better quality batteries are the New Power Drums, Slingerland, Sonor, Premier, Pearl, PDP, Mapex, Tama, Roland, Gretsch, Trixon, Ludwig, BB, DW, Acuarian, rmv and Yamaha.
The elements of a battery are of indefinite pitch, i.e. they do not emit clear notes, refine a battery it is a very complicated issue. He is advisable to use a chromatic electronic tuner when you start playing the drums, or ideally have the guidance of an expert, since technically battery is should "tune" to achieve an appropriate sound effect, taking advantage of its resonance.
Some of the best bateristas of history are John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Neil Peart (Rush), Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Don Henley (The Eagles), Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson, Genesis), Keith Moon (The Who), Simon Phillips (AC/DC), Bill Ward (Black Sabbath), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Terry Bozzio, Cozy Powell (Rainbow), Phil Collins (Genesis). Currently, include Joey Jordison (Slipknot), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) and Dave Lombardo (Slayer), among others.