Definition of bass drum in English:

bass drum


  • A large drum of indefinite low pitch.

    • ‘Though, he could crash into the room playing a bass drum and she probably wouldn't notice; she was entirely too enthralled in her work.’
    • ‘The dry sound is ideal - the bass drum, for example, is reproduced with a clean, heart-stopping thud.’
    • ‘A lonely violin and piano play out the final three minutes of the record, augmented by a lazy bass drum.’
    • ‘The high and middle toms mount on the bass drum, and the floor tom clamps on to the cymbal stand.’
    • ‘‘Maybe we'll have some congas and bongos, marimba and vibraphones, a bass drum, cow bells - perhaps a Chinese gong,’ she said, thoughtfully.’
    • ‘Just then we heard the beat of a bass drum and the jangle of a tambourine.’
    • ‘At first, he helped carry the bass drum, and later played the snare drum.’
    • ‘Their instruments include a full drum set, surdo, or Brazilian bass drum, conga drums, bells and ganzas or shakers.’
    • ‘Beginning with acoustic plucking and the soft pounding of the bass drum, it shifts dynamics and adds some spirit to their performance for the second verse.’
    • ‘Finally, you hear a trumpet call, followed by the big sound of the bass drum.’
    • ‘He softly murmurs the melody, sliding through a riff with a pristine guitar tone over the gentle 4/4 thump of the bass drum, adding the barest back-up harmony.’
    • ‘Sure, it had a fine array of percussion - timpani, snare drum, bass drum, gong, glockenspiel - but they were just there for effect.’
    • ‘I play guitar, bass drum, a tambourine on my foot and a snare drum.’
    • ‘What's most important, though, is the fact it takes off after the first promising, pounding 15 seconds rather than leaning on a bass drum beat for four minutes.’
    • ‘I was completely and utterly entertained from the first kick of the bass drum to the last crash of the cymbal.’
    • ‘Some come to see him simultaneously handle an electric slide guitar (in an especially low-pitch open tuning), drum machine, bass drum, crash helmet and telephone microphone.’
    • ‘There was another set of timpani, another bass drum, side drums, castanets, two xylophones, and, if I recall correctly, tubular bells as well.’
    • ‘As a part of the drum kit, the bass drum has shrunk over the years with changes in the sound desired and in its auxiliary functions, and with the introduction of synthetic materials for the drum-head.’
    • ‘And the bass drum sounded infinitely better that way.’
    • ‘Heads were shaking, feet were tapping and bodies as a whole, shivering, to the pulsating beats of the bass drum and the ‘C’ major and other high notes of the guitar.’


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