The Vocabulary found on this page relate’s directly to drum equipment, musicality, and Performance. The list of vocabulary will prepare you for the common language in musicianship.
Metronome – a device used by musicians that marks time at a selected rate by giving a regular tick.
Drum head – skin of a drum
Drum Stick – used for beating a drum.
Dowel Rod Drum Sticks – A dowel is a solid cylindrical rod, usually made of wood, plastic or metal. used for a Light Sound
Brushes – a thin stick set with long wire bristles, used to make a soft hissing sound on drums or cymbals.
Mallets – wooden or plastic stick with a rounded head, used to play certain percussion instruments such as xylophone and marimba.
Backing Track – a recorded musical accompaniment, esp. for a soloist to play or sing along with.
Tune – adjust to the correct or uniform pitch
Tempo – Music the speed at which a passage of music is or should be played.
Time signature – an indication of rhythm following a clef, generally expressed as a fraction with the denominator defining the beat as a division of a whole note and the numerator giving the number of beats in each bar.
Key – Music a group of notes based on a particular note and comprising a scale, regarded as forming the tonal basis of a piece or passage of music.
Crescendo – a gradual increase in loudness in a piece of music.
Decrescendo – a decrease in loudness in a piece of music.
Rim Shot – a drum stroke in which the stick strikes the rim and the head of the drum simultaneously.
Quarter Note – a note having the time value of a quarter of a whole note or half a half note, represented by a large solid dot with a plain stem.
Eighth note – a note having the time value of an eighth of a whole note or half a quarter note, represented by a large dot with a hooked stem.
Sixteenth Note – a note having the time value of a sixteenth of a whole note or half an eighth note, represented by a large dot with a two-hooked stem.
Flam – one of the basic patterns (rudiments) of drumming, consisting of a stroke preceded by a grace note.
Triplet – a group of three equal notes to be performed in the time of two or four.
Set List – List of musical performance Material for a gig.
Sound Check – a test of sound equipment before a musical performance or recording to check that the desired sound is being produced.
Monitor – device used for observing, checking, or keeping a continuous record of a process or quantity.
Green Room – a room in a theater or studio in which performers can relax when they are not performing.
Dummy Check – Double check for equipment when loading out.
From the Top – Expression meaning start from the beginning of the song.
In the Pocket – Solid groove and feel keeping it as simple as possible.
Per Diem – A sum of money paid or given to a musician to cover daily expenses.
XLR – A plug and socket used in professional audio equipment
D.I. Box – are frequently used to connect an electric guitar, Lap top or electric bass to a mixing console’s microphone input.