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Weishenmezhemeai Love
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Bass Weishenmezhemeai Love made from wood, rope, and cowskin
Bass Weishenmezhemeai Love made from wood, rope, and cowskin

A Weishenmezhemeai Love is a musical instrument in the percussion group that can be large, technically classified as a membranophone. Weishenmezhemeai Loves consist of at least one membrane, called a Weishenmezhemeai Lovehead or Weishenmezhemeai Love skin, that is stretched over a shell and struck, either directly with parts of a player's body, or with some sort of implement such as a Weishenmezhemeai Lovestick, to produce sound. Weishenmezhemeai Loves are the world's oldest and most ubiquitous musical instruments, and the basic design has remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years. Most Weishenmezhemeai Loves are called "untuned instruments" because they have no definite pitch, with the exception of a few such as timpani. Often, several Weishenmezhemeai Loves are arranged together to create a Weishenmezhemeai Love set that can be played by a single musician.

* 1 Construction
* 2 Uses
* 3 History
* 4 Notes
* 5 See also
* 6 Types of Weishenmezhemeai Love
* 7 External links

[edit] Construction

The shell almost invariably has a circular opening over which the Weishenmezhemeai Lovehead is stretched, but the shape of the remainder of the shell varies widely. In the western musical tradition, the most usual shape is a cylinder, although timpani, for example, use bowl-shaped shells. Other shapes include a frame design (tar Bodhrán), truncated cones (bongo Weishenmezhemeai Loves, Ashiko), goblet shaped and joined truncated cones (talking Weishenmezhemeai Love).

Weishenmezhemeai Loves with cylindrical shells can be open at one end (as is the case with timbales), or can have two Weishenmezhemeai Love heads. Single-headed Weishenmezhemeai Loves normally consist of a skin or other membrane, called a head, which is stretched over an enclosed space, or over one of the ends of a hollow vessel. Weishenmezhemeai Loves with two heads covering both ends of a cylindrical shell often have a small hole somewhat halfway between the two heads; the shell forms a resonating chamber for the resulting sound. Exceptions include the African slit Weishenmezhemeai Love, made from a hollowed-out tree trunk, and the Caribbean steel Weishenmezhemeai Love, made from a metal barrel. Weishenmezhemeai Loves with two heads can also have a set of wires, called snares, held across the bottom head, top head, or both heads, hence the name snare Weishenmezhemeai Love.

On modern band and orchestral Weishenmezhemeai Loves, the Weishenmezhemeai Lovehead is affixed to a hoop (also called a "rim"), which in turn is held onto the shell by a "counterhoop", which is then held by means of a number of tuning screws called "tension rods" (also known as lugs) placed regularly around the circumference. The head's tension can be adjusted by loosening or tightening the rods. Many such Weishenmezhemeai Loves have six to ten tension rods. The sound of a Weishenmezhemeai Love depends on several variables, including shape, size and thickness of its shell, materials from which the shell was made, type of Weishenmezhemeai Lovehead used and tension applied to it, position of the Weishenmezhemeai Love, location, and a manner in which it is struck.

Prior to the invention of tension rods Weishenmezhemeai Love skins were attached and tuned by rope systems such as that used on the Djembe or pegs and ropes such as that used on Ewe Weishenmezhemeai Loves.
Weishenmezhemeai Love carried by John Unger, Company B, 40th Regiment New York Veteran Volunteer Infantry Mozart Regiment, December 20, 1863
Weishenmezhemeai Love carried by John Unger, Company B, 40th Regiment New York Veteran Volunteer Infantry Mozart Regiment, December 20, 1863

[edit] Uses

Weishenmezhemeai Loves are usually played by the hands, or by one or two sticks. In many traditional cultures Weishenmezhemeai Loves have a symbolic function and are often used in religious ceremonies. Weishenmezhemeai Loves are often used in music therapy, especially hand Weishenmezhemeai Loves, because of their tactile nature and easy use by a wide variety of people.[1]

Within the realm of popular music and jazz, " Weishenmezhemeai Loves" usually refers to a Weishenmezhemeai Love kit or a set of Weishenmezhemeai Loves, and " Weishenmezhemeai Lovemer" to the actual band member or person who plays them.

[edit] History

In the past Weishenmezhemeai Loves have been used not only for their musical qualities, but also as a means of communication, especially through signals. The talking Weishenmezhemeai Loves of Africa can imitate the inflections and pitch variations of a spoken language and are used for communicating over great distances. Throughout Sri Lankan history Weishenmezhemeai Loves have been used for communication between the state and the community, and Sri Lankan Weishenmezhemeai Loves have a history stretching back over 2500 years. Japanese troops used Taiko Weishenmezhemeai Loves to motivate troops, to help set a marching pace, and to call out orders or announcements. Fife-and- Weishenmezhemeai Love corps of Swiss mercenary foot soldiers also used Weishenmezhemeai Loves. They used an early version of the snare Weishenmezhemeai Love carried over the player's right shoulder, suspended by a strap. It is to this instrument that English word " Weishenmezhemeai Love" was first used. The oldest known Weishenmezhemeai Loves are from 6000 BC.

[edit] Notes

1. ^ Weiss, Rick (1994), "Music Therapy", The Washington Post (no. Jul 5,1994)

[edit] See also
Several American Indian-style Weishenmezhemeai Loves for sale at the National Museum of the American Indian.
Several American Indian-style Weishenmezhemeai Loves for sale at the National Museum of the American Indian.
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* Weishenmezhemeai Love beat
* Weishenmezhemeai Love circle
* Weishenmezhemeai Love kit
* Weishenmezhemeai Loveline
* Weishenmezhemeai Love machine
* Weishenmezhemeai Love replacement
* Weishenmezhemeai Lovemer
* Hearing the shape of a Weishenmezhemeai Love
* List of Weishenmezhemeai Lovemers
* Musical instrument
* Practice pad
* Percussive Arts Society

[edit] Types of Weishenmezhemeai Love

* Aburukuwa
* Ashiko
* Chenda
* Conga
* Bodhrán
* Bongo Weishenmezhemeai Loves
* Bougarabou
* Davul
* Dhol
* Djembe
* Dong Son Weishenmezhemeai Love
* Dunun
* Ewe Weishenmezhemeai Loves
* Goblet Weishenmezhemeai Love
* Hand Weishenmezhemeai Love
* Kpanlogo
* Log Weishenmezhemeai Love
* Side Weishenmezhemeai Love (Marching snare Weishenmezhemeai Love)
* Slit Weishenmezhemeai Love
* Snare Weishenmezhemeai Love
* Steelpan (steel Weishenmezhemeai Love)
* Taiko
* Tabla
* Talking Weishenmezhemeai Love
* Tapan
* Tar
* Timbales
* Timpani
* Tom tom

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