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Old 12-06-2010, 12:50 AM
Lanny Westerman Lanny Westerman is offline
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Default Snare Tuning for Reggae

I a have a 6.5" Yamaha 900 Series Steel Snare that I would like to keep tuned for Reggae.

Can anyone provide suggestions on head selection and tuning method for the most authenic sound.

I prefer coated Remo Ambassadors and Evans G2 Dry.


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Old 12-06-2010, 08:16 PM
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Default Re: Snare Tuning for Reggae

with steel snares, I've actually had a lot of luck getting a really cool tight reggae/funk sound if I use a bottom head from one of my toms.

I took the clear bottom head off an unused floor tom and used it on my snare batter side and tightened it up really good and it sounds amazing.

For the bottom head I just used a clear evans head, keep it tight as well, slightly less than the batter side.

This is just my experience with my snare (Gretsch G4164SS - if you care to look it up.)

Good luck!
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:01 AM
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Default Re: Snare Tuning for Reggae

I use the cheapest batter there is, and the bottoms I use the regular.....tune them really tight both sides and you get a high pitch,and really good stick response bcuz reggae has a lot of fills and short rolls on the snare..(LLLRL..RRRLR...tuning hi pitch also gives you a sharp cross stick on the rims.....the thicker drum rims also gives you a tight sound and sticks would last longer....(dont forget to play with a TIGHTLY closed hi-hat).
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