As one of the representatives of Chinese national music culture, Chinese drum has a history of thousands of years. Chinese drums play an important role in traditional Chinese music, of which there are four most famous ones, including Dagu, Tanggu, War Drum and Waist Drum.
Dagu is one of the most important drums in traditional Chinese music. The diameter of the drum is about 50-60 cm, and the height is about 80-90 cm. The bass drum consists of a hardwood frame and a head made of animal hide. During the performance, the player hits the drumhead with the sticks to produce a deep and powerful sound. Dagu is generally used in traditional operas such as Peking Opera and Henan Opera, and is also often used in music performances and dance performances.
Tanggu is also an important traditional Chinese drum. Its diameter is usually 20-30 cm and its height is 30-40 cm. The tanggu has a sharper sound than the big drum and can play faster-tempo music. Tanggu is usually used in war, military music, dance and other occasions, and is also often used as an accompaniment instrument in performances.
Chinese war drum
The battle drum is a powerful and rhythmic drum with a crisp and exciting sound. War drums can inspire people's courage and fighting spirit, and are often used in martial arts, folk dances and wars.
Chinese waist drum
Waist drum is a traditional Chinese dance drum instrument, its main feature is that the drum surface is small and the drum body is short. Players usually hang the waist drum around their waists, and at the same time beat the waist drum in combination with jumping, turning and other movements, showing the rhythm of the dance and strong visual effects.
Chinese drum occupies an extremely important position in Chinese traditional music. Not only is it an indispensable instrument in performances.