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I thought this was the step most people have done away with as new heads don't need this attempt at cracking? I haven't done that with any new head in over ten years and my drums to include the snare sound fine.
Just 27 steps! Times 3 toms, 1 bass drum and 1 snare! Tuning drums is fast and easy! Silly (bass) guitar players cheating with their tuners, this is the real stuff! ;-)Here's my step-by-step tutorial on how to change out and tune up a drum head.
It's kinda long, so get comfy...
Maybe I missed a step but I would say the uneven rods would have to be tightened as well?7) Tighten the head down in 2 steps, or "patterns".
The first one will be:
The second one will be:
In my (humble) experience, stretching a new head is good practice because it prevents it from detuning caused by stretching due to just playing it. I have heads come down more than a note after a drum session. A drum teacher told me you could also tune the head a fair bit tighter than you want and leave it overnight to stretch. The punching works faster though.8 ) At this point, the head is evenly tensioned and fairly taught.
You may have heard some cracking or "popping" at this point, and that's fine.
Place the drum on the floor with the head you're working on looking up.
Now, place the heel of one of your hands in the center of the head and give one very hard, sharp, quick push.
DON'T BE A WIMP HERE! PUT YOUR WEIGHT INTO IT!
You may have heard more cracking at this point or you may not hear more cracking at this point.
Either is fine.
It came naturally. Must be my former Dutch math education...and LOL! Uneven rods. I never thought about it being taken that way. Pretty funny! =D
If you occasionally play timpani, you might have a tuning pitch pipe in your kit bag. That would work for tuning toms to pitches.It came naturally. Must be my former Dutch math education
One thing more to consider (step 28 I guess): tuning to notes.
If you tune drums (toms in particular) to chord notes - like C-E-G or D-F#-A or Eb-Bb-Eb or whatever, depending on the drum sizes - they will sound more cohesive.
You will probably need something like a keyboard or an app to generate the notes (and a good ear) or a tune-bot for reference though.
YES! FINALLY! The thing most of us old-timers have been preaching since day ONE, but all the kids seem to be interested in are "gadgets".https://www.musicradar.com/tuition/drums/14-simple-steps-to-tuning-your-snare-drum-201124
This really reduced the ring ;;;;
I’d say ringing was reduced by 70-80%,,,,YES! FINALLY! The thing most of us old-timers have been preaching since day ONE, but all the kids seem to be interested in are "gadgets".
The only "gadget" you need is a drum key (or a suitably sized square drive socket wrench, accompanied by suitably sized square drive socket).