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    Newbe to snare drum - hence questions. My interests are mainly small group jazz playing.

    a) There is mention of Low Tension / Medium Tension / High Tension tuning. Could anybody explain the tensions of the snare drum tensions mentioned to suit the jazz style.? Do you use the Drum Dial to tune?

    b) Tuning both heads to a specific note----A B C etc. How do you know which note to choose? Everybody hears different notes--to what you like?

    Hope this all makes sense.

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    this is all a HUGE personal preference and really depends on the snare. Things like, material and depth play a big part in how I tune a snare. Also very important is the head you are using, the snare wires, and the style.

    For most all of my drums though I like a super tight snappy bottom head. I tend to use the Evans 300 snare resonant head.

    As far as tuning the batter head, then that's the preference. . . you looking to do something more Jazzy? Look into the Evans fiberskin head and keep it a medium tune.
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    Crank on it till you like it. Hi tension on both heads gave me the tone I was looking for.

    As Spaz mentioned, it's very subjective.
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    I agree, same here my snare is crank right up cause I love the snap , crackle pop sound out of my steel snare. I have an Aquarium Z100 coated over Evans 300 reso. Good luck and play with it till you find your sound.

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    When I get a new snare, I tune the batter head to find the sweet spot of the snare. If the snare is a 14" with 6" or 7" depth, then it will naturally favor a deeper tone, vs. one that is a 5" depth. That doesn't mean that you can't tune it to a higher pitch, but I prefer to let a snare have it's own voice. Of course, that means that I could end up having a few extra snare drums for getting specific sounds, and I do.
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