Good video for setting up drumset?

Mike7300

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Im about to get my first drumset, and was wondering if there is a good video out there at shows how to set it up, and tune the drums... all the basics.Thanks!
 

Mike7300

Member
For tuning toms, do you only have to tune the batter head? I didnt see him tune the bottom side of the tom.

Also, is there a website where i can hear the basic pitch that each drum should sound like?
I know some of it is preference, but for a beginner, it might be helpful for me.
 

Pocket-full-of-gold

Platinum Member
Tune both heads on all drums.

I don't tune to specific notes so have no idea. Do a search here. There's plenty of guys who do and the topic has been discussed at length.
 

Naigewron

Platinum Member
Tommy Igoe has a great DVD called "Getting started on drums". It includes initial setup, tuning and getting started with some grooves and fills. Recommended!
 

Arky

Platinum Member
Derek Roddy is in the process of editing video footage for his new DVD to come out in a few months which is all about the topic - setting up a drumset.

Here's some info and pics he's shared on his forum:
http://www.derekroddy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=20745

Matt Ritter has a section on ergonomic drum setup (about 15 minutes I guess) on his DVD "Bass Drum Techniques for Today's Drummer - Unburying The Beater". Although this DVD is mainly on another topic it does have excellent info on drum setup. Plus it's top notch for optimizing one's foot technique.
http://www.unburyingthebeater.com/
 
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The Gedge

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For tuning toms, do you only have to tune the batter head? I didnt see him tune the bottom side of the tom.

Also, is there a website where i can hear the basic pitch that each drum should sound like?
I know some of it is preference, but for a beginner, it might be helpful for me.
As far as I can tell, a lot of the tuning process is based on personal preference. The only thing that you need to remember is that the smaller ones should sound higher and the bigger ones should sound lower.
 
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