Drums are a type of percussion instrument that are typically played with the hands and/or sticks. They are used to provide rhythm for musical pieces and are versatile enough to be used in many genres of music. Drums are made from various materials, such as wood, metal, and plastic. They consist of a range of sizes and components, such as shells, rims, and skins. Drum patterns are key components of many musical pieces and make up their core rhythm. Professional drummers are highly trained to perform complex patterns with precise timing and accuracy. Drums can be used both in large and small ensembles, and have been around for thousands of years.