Side Snare

Kuromaku

Well-known member
Seems like this discussion hasn't happened on here for a number of years. After reading the forum, I gotta believe that opinions and use have changed in that time.

As I eagerly await my side snare that's on pre-order, I want to hear from y'all. If you play a side snare:
- What are the specs - size, material, maker, etc.?
- How is it different than your kit and primary snare - tuning, style, etc.?
- How are you using it - type of music, applications/scenarios?

The new snare is deeper than my primary snare. I'm planning on using it for a fat sound, heavy backbeat as a contrast to my 14x4.
 

Odd-Arne Oseberg

Platinum Member
The main one is A 12x4 Colaiuta sig., but it can be any one of my snares and I do sometimes play around with an all or mostly snares kit. The Stanton Moore pandeiro also lives there sometimes.

This is my main duo.

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The 12x4 is tuned in several different ways. A staple for me is to put a seed pod shaker on top.

It canbe used for anything. A certain part for variation both for back beat and more rudimetl stuff, as a single fill or with the shaker which makes a sort of electronic type sound.
 
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MusiQmaN

Platinum Member
This has been my trusty partner for over 20 years.

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This a 10x5 Yamaha Stage Custom from the first generation which I upgraded with a better strainer system.

It is made from a Birch/mahogany/falkata mix.

It also had a mount which I removed as prefered snare basket use.

She saw the world.

Since I have switched to DW in 2019, and wanted something shallower, I bought this baby last week.

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This is a 10x4,5 solid cast shell aluminum snare.

I use side snares mainly for verses, bridges and groovy parts in general.
 
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roncadillac

Member
I rarely use a side snare but when I do I actually enjoy it being larger diameter and deeper/fatter sound wise (I guess you could say lower tone and pitch) then my primary snare.
 

Fritz Frigursson

Senior Member
I use a LM402 as a main snare tuned med-high, a typical funk tuning as you might call it, and a Yamaha Dave Weckl signature maple 14x5 as a deep snare. It is kinda counter intuitive to use the shallower snare as a thuddy "disco" snare but it works.
 

Mick_Link

Junior Member
I have had a side snare for many years. I like it how Simon Phillips or Steve Smith used them!

I have a 12" x 5" Sonor Designer snare with maple light shell:

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It is tuned very high. The reso head is also tuned very high. So high that I broke a reso head for the first time in my drumming life!

My main snare is an allround snare with a beech, maple, or birch shell. Mostly a 6.5" deep. This has a medium tuning and some dampening.

I play it mostly in the songs in the bridge or verse. So there really is an audible difference in the song.
Or I play the ghost notes on the side snare and emphasize the 2 the 4 on the main snare.
This brings a whole new timbre to the drumming and also to the song!

A very clear recommendation from me to a side snare.
 
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Old Dog new Cans

Senior Member
I have an 8" popcorn, yes 8". . .from Trixon. It absolutely cracks like a gun! I also have a low tuned fatty maple snare I love for a 2nd.
 
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