**This is a thread purely for conversation. I am in no way trying to insinuate that having your snare angled has a negative implication on skill level. I’m just going off what I’ve noticed**
I am a fairly new drummer. I have only been playing for about a year and a half.
I’ve tried leveling out my snare, but always end up tilting it towards me.
I’ve watched great drummers start out with their snare drum tilted towards them, but then later move on to having it fairly flat as they advance in their playing/career.
From what I’ve seen, it seems that the more advanced the player, the more likely they are to have their snare set flat. Unless, they are known jazz/traditional grip players. In that case the snare is all over the place haha
but for the most part, the snare is flat.
I am beginning to wonder if I am hindering myself and my stroke by getting too used to having the snare tilted towards me?
I am getting worried that I am going to permanently mess up my left hand technique.
interested in hearing from others. Thanks
You aren't hindering yourself at all by tilting your snare. Look at guys like Steve Smith and Vinnie Colaiuta. They started out tilting it the way you do. And they were in their prime. They did it that way because they were young and had the muscle and stamina to rock out with the snare that way. Now as they are older they both play with their snares flatter. I think it has more to do with ease of playing rather than technical ability. I could be wrong. But that's my thinking. Getting old sucks. Take it from this aging 59 year old. But I still tilt my snare towards me. Of course, I also suck at the drums.
This is a very individual approach - it wouldn't work for me, but who cares if it works for him? He sits a tad low and very far away from the snare. The left hand is at times nearly in French grip and between his legs. Maybe he plays like that to make room for loud strokes with the left hand. Personally, I would move the hi hat away from me and sit closer to the snare.I know I am replying to my own thread but I found this vid recently and I think this is an example of a good player with a pretty extreme angle on his snare:
I think you might be on to something here…presumably this methodology would also work with an apple based beverage?It’s perfectly possible to check the flatness of snare drum at a gig, it simply requires the positioning of 1 pint of barrel matured water, hops, and malt placed dead centre - check level and then remove by ingestion. Repeat procedure until either snare is level to the floor or you are on the floor.