Informative Speech

Preparation Outline Speech Title: Behind the Throne Specific Purpose: To inform the audience about drumming. Central Idea: Types of drums. Styles of professional drummers and personal experience Introduction: I’m sure we’ve all had a beat in our head that we couldn’t get rid of. A rhythm that you felt and couldn’t resist the urge to bob your head to. Maybe you’ve even had the pleasure of playing the video game “rock band” and stepped up to the throne to test your mettle and keep the beat going as the backbone of the band.

By now you can probably guess that the beat I’m talking about is the beat of the drums. The drums are a relatively simple instrument in theory. However, having played them more devoutly the last 3 years and occasionally filling in as a drummer for my friends band (practices only) they are not simple to play by any stretch of the imagination but with a little rhythm & coordination and lots of practice you can be on your way to actually playing the drums. They have been used by various cultures around the world since humans started making music.

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From a single drum played with by hand to multiple piece drum sets played with sticks and electronic drums. Over the next few minutes I hope to entertain you and inform you about some of the styles of professional drummers, my personal experience and the different types of drums. Body of Speech: Types of Drums A. First types of drums B. Modern types of drums Primitive drums used since prehistoric times and progressed a. a single drum b. made from animal skin stretched over tree stump c. initially struck with hands later used sticks d. irst frame drums made and played in middle east e. drums introduced to Europeans during crusades f. adapted eventually evolved to tympani drum Modern drums aka “trap set” a. multiple pieces/drums b. made from wood animal skin replaced by plastic 1950’s c. tubular and vary in size d. snare, tom, and floor tom e. bass drum operated with pedal and mallet attached f. cymbals; hi-hat,splash,crash g. electronic drums Personal Experience A. musical education B. musical experiences C. why change to drums

D. time playing/practice 1. started music in 5th grade-8th grade trombone 2. started to play bass guitar 9th grade a. played in many types bands (rock reggae blues jazz punk) b. introduced to drums by friend/band member ’95 c. dabbled with the drums 3. took up drums as hobbie ’05-06ish a. because always wanted to play them b. relationship of drums and bass c. desire to be all around musician d. like to produce music eventually 4. practice at least 15 min a day a. teach daughters to play 30 min each 2 x week b. songs from “rock band” III.

Styles of famous drummers A. Josh Freese B. Tito Puente C. Travis barker 1. jazz style drummer a. pro at 12 b. Disneyland jazz band c. prolific pro drummer d. 300 diff. Albums – devo,vandals,nin,guns n roses,perfect circle 2. Latin style drummer a. studied at Julliard for music b. helped bring cha-cha mambo mainstream 50’s c. Latin jazz aka “salsa” 3. rock drummer a. started playing at 4 b. most familiar drummer to most c. quabats blink 182 Conclusion: The last few minutes you have heard me discuss the simplicity of early drums to the complexity of modern sets that we are familiar with today. You have also heard about my experience behind the throne and the professionals styles of elite drum artists. So next you step up to the throne in your next game of rock band remember what you have been informed about today. Anyone can make a beat but not everyone can play the drums but with lots of practice, some coordination, and rhythm you’ll be well on your way to being a drummer. .

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