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Old 04-18-2017, 02:57 AM
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Default What should I practice snare on?

So, I'm practicing snare for drumline auditions for high school and I don't have a snare drum. I have a Remo practice pad that I use but it is really loud so my family does not like it. Does anybody have suggestions as to what I could use that I could find around my house or a different cheap and quiet practice pad?
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Old 04-18-2017, 03:06 AM
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Default Re: What should I practice snare on?

Put a mouse pad on your practice pad to muffle it a bit.
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Old 04-18-2017, 03:15 AM
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Default Re: What should I practice snare on?

Yes, Remos are really loud. They do feel quite real, though.

The best I've come across that's also more quiet is the Aquarian Super Pad. They're not cheap though and need to be on top of something solid to feel their best. It's more like a low medium tune snare though, not a high tension kevlar head by any stretch.

As for stuff around the house. Mouse pads aren't bad and I've even become a fan of those cheap thin cork trivets that you can get at the dollar store in a 3-pack. I have some of those red one side blue on the other side wrestling mats and they're actually quite nice, too.

Rubber pads will all be more quiet and they are generally not too expensive. Pro Logix are "in the wind" at the moment and they offer a variety with different rebounds.

If you get a rubber pad I do suggest getting a big size one, it's just way more stable.

They do offer Remos with mesh heads, but they don't really feel all that great.


My own personal tripple combo is sort of like the Russ Miller pad with tripple surfaces, but it's from different manufacturers.
- Aquarian Super Pad
- RTOM Moongel
- Remo Brush up pad

Not exactly the cheapest way to go, but IMO pretty much the best.
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Old 04-18-2017, 02:54 PM
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Default Re: What should I practice snare on?

Real Feel, Ahead, Vic Firth and HQ are pretty silent. Do you have a music store around you where you could try some of them?
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Old 04-18-2017, 08:01 PM
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Default Re: What should I practice snare on?

maybe get a pair of Corpsmaster MS-6 Chop-Out or 5B Chop-Out sticks and go outside.
Brick walls, stone steps and flat fence posts are all virtually silent and if the surface is too rough, use a mouse pad.
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Old 04-18-2017, 08:58 PM
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Either those Chopout sticks that Waly mentioned or some of those Vic Firth rubber tips for your sticks. Very bouncy rebound, a bit more marching snare-like.
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Old 04-19-2017, 02:31 AM
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Default Re: What should I practice snare on?

All good suggestion so far. Though the question I have is that if a Remo practice pad is annoying, where will you practice with a real drum when you do get one?
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Old 04-19-2017, 02:42 AM
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A pillow. Throw a sheet of paper on top so you can hear what you're playing.
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