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Ken Speranza Offline
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Snare Drum Tuning?

Posted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:42 am



Hello snare science, I'm a drum captain at my high school and I need help with tuning. I want our snares to have a very deep, wet sound (very Bluecoats-esque, if that helps you understand). I know how to make them wet, but they still don't have a very deep tone to them, they seem very thin. This is because the previous drum captain had an almost exact opposite preference to what I like (more like, say, SCV). We use Yamaha sforzando snares with Evans Hybrid-S and MX5 heads
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Re: Snare Drum Tuning?

Posted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:03 pm



My school uses the same drums (although with different heads), and getting that "SCV-esque" sound (which actually sounds better if the line can play clean. Check out the article on snare tuning on this site) just seems to come easier on these drums. If I had to take a guess at how the 'coats do it, I'd say get the heads until they're just barely tight enough to play on, tune the lugs evenly, and then test it. If it's too deep, you're safe and can just go up from there. If thats still too high, consider using different heads.
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Re: Snare Drum Tuning?

Posted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:33 pm



Depending on how old the snares are, they may be the birch shells instead of maple. If so, you won't be able to get that sound exactly like you're looking for. All Yamaha corps have maple shells.
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Re: Snare Drum Tuning?

Posted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:56 pm



They are definitely less then 6 years old, idk how old they have to be to be birch vs. maple
Also, where can I find this tuning article?
Palm Beach Gardens High School
2014- "NOLA" Xylophone
2015- "Latin Jazz" Xylophone
2016- "Circus du Soleil: Quidam" Center Marimba
2017- "The Journey Within" Center Snare

John I. Leonard High School (Indoor Partners)
2018- "Diamonds in the Rough" Snare


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Re: Snare Drum Tuning?

Posted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:50 pm



Hey man,
So what you're gonna want to do is focus on the bottom head. A lower tuned bottom head is gonna resonate more and thus send more vibration to the guts, along with lowering the pitch. But you need to be careful to make sure that it's not so loose that it sounds like crap.
It's gonna take some experimentation to get the top head to where you want, but once you hit the sweet spot, you'll know it.


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Re: Snare Drum Tuning?

Posted: Fri May 05, 2017 6:32 am



Thanks, I'll mess with it a little. I also might send Roger Carter a message about it
Palm Beach Gardens High School
2014- "NOLA" Xylophone
2015- "Latin Jazz" Xylophone
2016- "Circus du Soleil: Quidam" Center Marimba
2017- "The Journey Within" Center Snare

John I. Leonard High School (Indoor Partners)
2018- "Diamonds in the Rough" Snare


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