Drums Around the World China Where in the world is China? It is located on the continent of Asia! History of Chinese Drumming The first recorded example of the ancient chinese drums or gu (the chinese character for drum) appeared over four thousand years ago during the Shang Dynasty. They were composed of simple hollow animal shells or clay pots. “This is a Tang gu (hall drum) also known as the huapen gu (flower pot drum).” Credit the National Music Museum Types of Drums There are many different types of gu. Most are simple hollow shells of various sizes that are traditionally played with pieces of bamboo. What are they used for? Video! Chinese Drum Group Watch this video! Write three observations and answer the questions in your packet!