The drum and probably the flute are the oldest known instruments known to man but as they were made of organic material the earliest examples do not exist. The drum has been used for thousands of years to create beats for rituals, sacred ceremony’s and dances. We don’t use expensive musician’s drums for sacred drumming we use single skin hoop drums.
Yes there are double skin drums but they are for the more advanced and a lot harder to obtain. We can play the drum on our own or in drum circles the latter being a very powerful experience always greater than the sum of its parts but no less healing. Twenty minutes of drumming a simple lub dub beat 1 2 1 2 1 2 at around 54 beats a minute will lower high blood pressure. A simple 8 beat at 180 to 240 beats per minute will create an altered state of consciousness to travel in the spiritual realms to shamanic journey for yourself or others.