The snare drum is an enormously popular musical instrument, used by many different types and styles of music. It is played either as a single unit, with the drummer playing the head/snare, and the rest of the group playing the rest of the polyphonic drum samples. Also, many different drummers can play the snare drum, so it is versatile in this respect.
The snare drum, sometimes known as a bass drum, is a closed-back drum instrument with a hollow body, made from a number of metal strips, each attached at the front, back and sides by small cords. The head of the snare drum is made from either wood or steel, and the individual snare drums are fitted together by a series of hoops secured at both the front and back of the drum. The drum heads also have drum pads, made from either metal or plastic. The individual drums are connected by drumsticks, made from hollow bones or steel, which are moved by finger movements.
Snare drums are made in different sizes and shapes to suit different types of music. Snare drums are normally played with two drums. Two smaller snare drums are placed side-by-side, with one on top of the other. The larger drumsticks are used to hit the surface with the drumsticks, producing the "snare" sound. The snare drums are usually struck by a series of drumsticks with varying pressure.
Marching patterns for snare drums often follow a rhythmic pattern, which is known as a marching band. This type of marching band usually has two lines of four drums, arranged in a semi-circle, with each of the sides at a different time, to give the beat. Different drum beats are followed depending on where the drums are struck, and this makes the marching feel. Marching bands can be used in a number of situations, including rock concerts, marching to a live band, or as part of a dance performance.
Snare drums come in many different sizes. Most are between fifteen and sixteen inches in length. However, some larger models can be as much thirty six inches in diameter. The width of the sticks is not as important as the quality of the sticks, as these will produce a snare drum with a consistent and quality sound. The quality and size of the sticks are related to the quality of the sound produced.
Snare drums now come in two heads. A top head has two heads and a bottom head. The two heads are commonly made of steel or hollow acrylic tubes, which are covered in layers of insulating material between them, producing a dual barrier against sound. The thickness of the steel used affects how the sound travels through the tube.
The size of the hole in the snare drum is determined by how much sound is allowed to pass through it. Typically a larger hole produces a higher pitched sound than a smaller hole, but both are useful for producing the right sound for the situation. Different types of snare drums have different ways in which the holes are drilled. Some use traditional drum styles, while others use the bulldog or double-headed drill that is more prevalent on modern drums. Drums that utilize this style of drilling holes usually have a finger hole at the top for tuning or holding onto.
A snare drum can be assembled using three or more instruments. A steel guitar, bass drum, or a microphone can be added to the main body of the drum in order to play additional instruments, such as keyboards, drums, or peridot drums. This assembly process is commonly referred to as "snaring". Additional hardware such as cymbals, bells, hi hats, and other special effects can be installed on the assembled snare drum once it is complete.