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Drumset Tuning

This area and it now has its own website
This is the original material. Thanks Mike.

Tuning Moved To Tunadrum
Drumdojo Tuning Section is now Tunadrum
Keep the Noise Down

Turn It Down!

This section is devoted to reducing the volume of the drum kit.  For some reason, people seem to think drums are loud and annoying. 

Until the glorious revolution, it seems the landlords are still in control, so we need to be able to work around the volume "problem.

We have a soundproofing section
Snare Drum Tuning

The same basic drum tuning principles apply to snare drums as apply to toms.

The big difference with the snare drum is, well, the snares and a thing called a snare bed and the very thin snare side head. Because of this and because of the expected sound of a snare, the tuning is different in the following ways.

Bass / Kick Tuning

Kick Drum Tuning

Mike Radcliffe 

The same basic drum tuning principles apply to bass drums as any other. You can tune it any way you want.

To get a resonant sound, use the same techniques for two headed drum tuning. This is beneficial for styles like traditional jazz, where the bass drum is more of a melodic voice, tuned higher, like the toms. In this setting, a bass drum can sing and a skilled player can get many voices from it using exceptional foot control.

The bass drum sound most often associated with styles outside of traditional jazz, such as rock, funk, blues, R&B, etc., is a more dead, controlled sound. For that type of sound, try a combination of the following:

Tuning FAQ

You can add your own FAQ Items on the main Site FAQ

Many of the questions will be answered by reading the appropriate section of the tuning guide, however these are the most common questions

Q: How do I tune my Drums?

Read the tuning section of the FAQ, it's all there, read here for specific issues

Q: Why does my snare drum rattle or buzz when I hit my toms, or from the bass

A: This type of rattle is called sympathetic vibration. It is caused when the snares (metal strands on bottom) vibrate or resonate in harmony with the same frequencies produced by the toms or bass guitar, or similar sound source. It can be reduced by changing the tension on the toms, snare or both, and by dampening either. It never goes away entirely, and can be heard on many professional recordings. It is a character of your drums, since they are acoustic instruments, and should be regarded as such. This rattle is generally not noticeable in a live sound situation, such as a concert or show. If the snare rattles when you strike the snare drum, please refer to the snare tuning section of this FAQ.  - Blair Pemberton ©1999

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