Drum Tech

My Personal Tips on How to Tune a Snare Drum – The Right Way

by Danny Cruz| Follow @drumsticksensei on Twitter Here

Tuning a snare drum right is a bit of an art. However, while it’s true that tuning drums in general is not as intuitive as tuning a guitar (where you brainlessly use a tuner and turn the string up to pitch) tuning a snare drum to sound halfway decent is generally easier than tuning a tom or a bass drum. Since most snare drums sound good really tight, simply tuning up tight is a good way to start. Yes, there are tons of variables, and tons of different snares – therefore tons of different optimum tuning ranges depending on the drum. But, don’t let the drum-critic-police fool you… If in doubt, go tighter.
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