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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