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Old 08-14-2012, 06:49 PM
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Default Snare heads

I put new heads on my snare and got what i thought was a very nice sound. I then wanted to experimnent a little and being a newbie, can't get it sounding as good as it did. I know the answers to these questions are subjective and differ from drum to drum, but "ballpark" answers would be appreciated as a starting point.
In terms of drum key turns, what is the difference between low tuning and high tuning ? is it a full turn, 2 turns, half etc.
How far from finger tight is considered a low tuning on the snare ?
When i listen with my earmuffs on, everything sounds totally different, and honestly a ot better than without them. Is this normal ?
thanks for any help, it will save me some frustration.
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:12 PM
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Default Re: Snare heads

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxm3QunDjUs

also the use of a Drumdial or tunebot can help initially with tuning drums
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Old 08-15-2012, 03:27 AM
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Default Re: Snare heads

Once the drum is in a playable range, a quarter turn per lug can make a pretty big difference, so I would be making adjustments in the 8th of a turn range. There should be ample information on line for the basics of tuning a drum-- make sure you've sought out a couple of them and understand them-- particularly the process for maintaining close to even tension on each lug. Also be sure you understand how to tension the snares-- when you tap the drum very(!) quietly in the center with a stick, you should still get a nice response from the snares-- if they're too tight or too loose the drum will sound like a tom tom. I also highly recommend the Drum Dial if you can spare the 50 bucks. Good luck!
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:53 PM
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Default Re: Snare heads

thank you for the replies. i did a bit of playing around last night and i think i had my snare wires too tight as well. I also tigtened up the heads a little and got things sounding a lot better.
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