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    the great thing about drums tho..is tuning is tuning..its not specific...its just what you like to hear...tuning a guitar vs drums (although completed by the same process) is a totally different thing..I could tune my drums to sound a million different ways..so just go with what you like the sound to be

    this instrument is all about that specific players preferences

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    Quote Originally Posted by drummer
    Also remember, how good of a sound you get is directly proportionate to the quality of the drum itself. Don't forget the old saying: You can polish a turd, but it will still be a turd.
    Yeah, but some of us are uniquely talented. I'm so crappy I can make DW's sound like poop!

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    lmao on 2 and 4 make fart noises haha

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    I've got a djembe. Tuning that, ya typically take up your slack string to do some cross weaving. I found out, that this can be more easily accomplished with zip ties, in like one-tenth the time and effort.

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    I've read alot of articles about drum tuning and most articles say to just tune the bottom head tight and the top head loose. The snare on the other hand, I've read to just tune the bolts as tight as you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twiggy
    Doesnt it choke up?
    No, you have to tune top head like a notch or a couple notches down from the bottom
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boo
    Tuning the bottom heads makes a huge difference in the sound of the drum. I know some guys that take the bottom heads off...what a mistake!!!
    that's true..

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    i think the most hard to tune is snare drum....

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    what are concert toms?

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    Google Drum Tuning Bible. That will tell you everything you need to know. And probably a few things you DON'T, but that's a great starting point.

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    Tuning the bottom heads makes a huge difference in the sound of the drum. I know some guys that take the bottom heads off...what a mistake!!!
    ya i know ive tried it before just to see what happens and the drums have no resonance at all they sound awful just AWFUL
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    Is it bad for the heads to keep them really loose? I like the sound I can get out of the floor tom when the head is barely even screwed on.
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    the guy I bought my set from took off the bottom head and lugs for the floor tom...and it sounds HORRIBLE! so now I have to go out and buy new lugs...but on the subject of tuning, I find the snare is the easiest to tune...I actually like tuning the snare...but I hate tuning toms...
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    snare is the hardest hands down

    especially if u have a crappy snare
    watever drum is the crappiest is always the hardest to tune (go figure eh?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baw_Drummer
    i was playing a show with another band and i absolutely LOVED the sound he got out of his snare...it sounded like a drum machine's snare, and i asked him how he got that sound and he just said he tightened the crap out of his snares and his head.... a proven method?
    Yeah thats a good way to **** up the head.
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    i would say the floor/bass tom is my least favorite to tune. and the kick.
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    I love tuning the kick, especially when you get just the right sound out of it.

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    i like tuning the snare.
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    just tune your drums to how you think they should sound that simple

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    yep yep my drums sound sweet

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    I had my drum teacher come tune mine when I got them. He's been playing and tuning for 32 years. He says that every drum has its "natural" key or pitch. Try to find that pitch and keep all of your lugs even and in tune with it self and that will get you started. With all of them years he says that he tunes every drum different. I watched him do my set and since then I had to tune the snare and a 10" tom. They sound in tune to me. I think I picked it up quite quick from him.

    Well I've played guitar for almost 20 years so I have a good ear I guess too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Torque
    I had my drum teacher come tune mine when I got them. He's been playing and tuning for 32 years. He says that every drum has its "natural" key or pitch. Try to find that pitch and keep all of your lugs even and in tune with it self and that will get you started. With all of them years he says that he tunes every drum different. I watched him do my set and since then I had to tune the snare and a 10" tom. They sound in tune to me. I think I picked it up quite quick from him.

    Well I've played guitar for almost 20 years so I have a good ear I guess too.
    guitar wont exactly help you tune your set, i've playing for a while too. it just helps you to develop a faster ear for the pitch or note.
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    hummm lot of answer

    some poeple tune there drum whith ( tork wrench ) you have just the tension of the bolt not the head it not acurate

    i use a dial indicator for the tension of the head i think it better

    Riouel

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    Hola Como estas' All Artistic Artist Drummers **
    As The Art of Tuning DRUMS , for every Artistic Artist as we All Know
    is so Very Different ,..As their is So very many Factors to this Art form within A ANCIENT ART FORM it-self,THe different kinds of Wood ,the sizes of the drums,the Heads that each Drummer ARTIST use's,the cymbals,the sticks .
    brushes mallets, even the hands,Fingers, & where your performing ,per-say
    The ARTIST is a very /Busy Working Artist Drummer & I know this For A FACT because of My own Experience ,THAt the Size of Each Room ,Or Studio,
    Night Club, A classy Place or just (BARS) Hiltons all casinos.,Large Concert
    Venues ,as their is As Many different size ROOMS as their is DRUMMERS * so
    the acoustics of each ROOM is Very different ,then Your own STUDIO ,Your
    Room where ever you Perform Out Door Concerts all this is Very important,& also THe Style
    of Music that the Drummer ARTIST Performs ,all contribute to each Creative
    Unique Stylist ARTISTIC ARTIST DRUMMER ....Unique way The ARTIST DRUMMER TuNES his TRAPS,CANS,SKINS,KIT,(TAMBORES) What the Actual Sounds ,the Action,the Feel the sweet smoothness of the over all projection
    of the Brightness ,Shine of The Whole Set which is Tuned too each Drum
    as a combine Unit of Structure, Textured tones that all Blend with the WHOLE ensemble of the ARTIST SET up ,,I always Tune my TAMBORES
    as I tune every Drum from My Bass drum sound & ACTION,Then Every thing now must
    be As this works Very good for me As I perfer this tuning in conjunction with
    My Different Sizes of Each CymBals ,as I feel the Actual Acoustics (SOUNDS) of the Room ,size Whatever size room it is,also how I am set up out doors with My Group (BAND)) But I always STATE what ever THE creative Artistic Artist Drummer
    feels & wants is All great ,I just know that I have been doing this My whole Life & I gained alot of KnowLedge & Experience with Pure on the Road & Many MAny STUDIO
    GIGS as I am A WorKing ARTIST DRUMMER **as This works For Me,,,ITS ALL
    A great Journey within this ANCIENT SPiritual ANCIENT ART Form of DRUMMING & ALL DRUMS & PERCUSSION....GRACIAS**
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  25. #75

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    tunning drums is point of experience.
    Every drum has it's own specific tunning to produce the best sound it can. Thats why every drum has a different sound
    Keep On Drumming

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