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Post Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:14 pm

I've been asked by 2 people to post this here. So here it is. Hope this helps out. ( please, anyone who thinks their technique is somehow better...go blow your steam somewhere else. )

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Post Mon Jan 07, 2008 9:15 pm

dude, my technique so owns yours. Lol, kidding. Very informative video man. like it.

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Post Sat Jan 12, 2008 1:41 pm

i tune pretty much the same way, seems easiest anyhow. :D
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Post Sun Mar 09, 2008 7:52 pm

Sorry but I have to ask. You demostrated how to tighten down lugs to assure proper balance on the shell with the head etc... How do you tune your toms? With the drumming I do the mid section which includes of one bas and 5 tenor drums all are tuned individually and to a certain pitch. For us it would be in the key of B flat. Now your setting may be a bit different I am not certain.

However, just placing and tightening down a head will not equivilate to drum tunning. How do you tune your toms for the band setting that you are in?

Please do not be affended by me asking but I am very curious. Someone once presented a fomula on sheet paper which will assisted tonal drums finding the exact pitch to match to overall sound. If I can locate this I would like to place it on here. Whether or not you are a corp or a kit player the drums still aid in the overall ensemble sound do they not?

Thanks for any info you are willing to share!!!!

Cheers,
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Post Mon Mar 10, 2008 4:31 am

Good method. How do you tune the bottom head in relation to the top?

I like a little pitch bend in my toms so I tune the bottoms about a third higher than the tops.
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Post Mon Mar 10, 2008 4:49 am

yeah dude, I go about it the same way, that tom sounds really good!

Look what I found by the way.. this guy..is a retard. Please say so if I'm the only one who thinks so, but he seriously does not know what he's doing.

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Post Mon Mar 10, 2008 4:54 am

OK, never mind, the guy can't be serious.
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Post Mon Mar 10, 2008 5:19 am

He's an idiot. :roll:
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Post Mon Mar 10, 2008 2:09 pm

dedrummervanrolf wrote:yeah dude, I go about it the same way, that tom sounds really good!

Look what I found by the way.. this guy..is a retard. Please say so if I'm the only one who thinks so, but he seriously does not know what he's doing.

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nooo way that guy was being serious..
i wonder how many kids believed that
and but corn starch in their snare drum :roll:
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Post Mon Mar 10, 2008 2:17 pm

I tune pretty much the same way. Peace
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Post Mon Mar 10, 2008 4:17 pm

BIGSTIXMCCOY wrote:Sorry but I have to ask. You demostrated how to tighten down lugs to assure proper balance on the shell with the head etc... How do you tune your toms? With the drumming I do the mid section which includes of one bas and 5 tenor drums all are tuned individually and to a certain pitch. For us it would be in the key of B flat. Now your setting may be a bit different I am not certain.

However, just placing and tightening down a head will not equivilate to drum tunning. How do you tune your toms for the band setting that you are in?

Please do not be affended by me asking but I am very curious. Someone once presented a fomula on sheet paper which will assisted tonal drums finding the exact pitch to match to overall sound. If I can locate this I would like to place it on here. Whether or not you are a corp or a kit player the drums still aid in the overall ensemble sound do they not?

Thanks for any info you are willing to share!!!!

Cheers,
Eric


Unlike composite shell corp drums, drum set drums are pseudo-melodic and don't have any definite pitch. Shell depth, number of plies, ply thickness, over-all thickness, material used, shell forming method, and even shell age will all change the way a 10" tom sounds with the same heads on it. Just because one drum likes a Bb doesn't mean they all will. Putting the head on and tightening it down until it sings to a note you like, is how you tune drum set drums. You can, of course, tune anywhere within your drum shell's natural range you want to. This is why major label studio albums will sometimes use five different brands of drums...often at the same time. :)
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Post Mon Mar 10, 2008 4:54 pm

Thanks for the response. It is really interesting discovering these things from the other side of the drumming idiom...

Cheers,
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Post Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:40 pm

SGarrett wrote:
BIGSTIXMCCOY wrote:Sorry but I have to ask. You demostrated how to tighten down lugs to assure proper balance on the shell with the head etc... How do you tune your toms? With the drumming I do the mid section which includes of one bas and 5 tenor drums all are tuned individually and to a certain pitch. For us it would be in the key of B flat. Now your setting may be a bit different I am not certain.

However, just placing and tightening down a head will not equivilate to drum tunning. How do you tune your toms for the band setting that you are in?

Please do not be affended by me asking but I am very curious. Someone once presented a fomula on sheet paper which will assisted tonal drums finding the exact pitch to match to overall sound. If I can locate this I would like to place it on here. Whether or not you are a corp or a kit player the drums still aid in the overall ensemble sound do they not?

Thanks for any info you are willing to share!!!!

Cheers,
Eric


Unlike composite shell corp drums, drum set drums are pseudo-melodic and don't have any definite pitch. Shell depth, number of plies, ply thickness, over-all thickness, material used, shell forming method, and even shell age will all change the way a 10" tom sounds with the same heads on it. Just because one drum likes a Bb doesn't mean they all will. Putting the head on and tightening it down until it sings to a note you like, is how you tune drum set drums. You can, of course, tune anywhere within your drum shell's natural range you want to. This is why major label studio albums will sometimes use five different brands of drums...often at the same time. :)


However...

One can order a custom DW kit that has drums tuned to an exact pitch. It's somewhat extra, but it can be accomplished.

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Post Mon Mar 10, 2008 11:55 pm

BIGSTIXMCCOY wrote:Thanks for the response. It is really interesting discovering these things from the other side of the drumming idiom...

Cheers,
Eric


You're very welcome. Different ideas make the world go 'round. :)

Homki890 wrote:
However...

One can order a custom DW kit that has drums tuned to an exact pitch. It's somewhat extra, but it can be accomplished.

Homki890


Very true. If you order an add-on tom they want to know the pitches and sizes of your entire set...they really like it when you send one of your drums to them, too.
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Post Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:26 am

dedrummervanrolf wrote:yeah dude, I go about it the same way, that tom sounds really good!

Look what I found by the way.. this guy..is a retard. Please say so if I'm the only one who thinks so, but he seriously does not know what he's doing.

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