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    So been practicing a lot on p pad and got all my hand movements working great, good rebound, on time etc, but notice when I try those exercises on my snare drum it doesn't work the same. Wonder if this is common or is there a way to adjust the head on my drum to be closer to the pad. I'm using an older kinda softish remo pad.
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    This is a problem for me too. I spend more time on the pad than I do on the drums these days and it is often a let down when I think I am going to float around the kit but I sink instead. I end up re-practicing the same stuff to get it up to workable instead of having fun on the kit with what I thought I practiced.
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    Some practice pads can have a very different feel compared to a drum. I have a Vic forth pad and there's a lot more bounce. If you were to practice on one of those and move to the toms, it won't be so great because the heads aren't tight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by signia fan View Post
    This is a problem for me too. I spend more time on the pad than I do on the drums these days and it is often a let down when I think I am going to float around the kit but I sink instead. I end up re-practicing the same stuff to get it up to workable instead of having fun on the kit with what I thought I practiced.
    Ok, thanks! Glad to know its not just me. No one likes to suffer alone! Lol
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    I've often heard other drummers call it "pad hands." There's just so much rebound it won't be the same. My rudiments are so strong on a pad but on a snare I can be pretty weak until I sit at the drum for a little bit.

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    Yes, that and the fact that there's no movement on a pad, you're playing 1 drum (unless you have a full pad kit)...I have a kit set up with all mesh heads, more lively than practice pads, man I rock on that kit, but real heads don't rebound anywhere near as much as mesh heads...there ya go.....

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    You are feeling and hearing a very different sound from a pad vs drum, especially with a snare.

    Maybe tighten the head (for the feel) and and muffle it (for the sound) ?

    Playing closer to the rim may also help.

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    Don't rely on rebound ALL the time.

    Watch this.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bpfz1iGvbEM

    Getting a tom head to act like a practice pad is just 'tail wagging the dog' stuff. Please tell me see how silly this sounds.
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