I'm curious how people tune their snare. I try to tune mine so it has a low end-type punch to it. I play mainly rock. I don't really like a high pitch sound to my snare. Gimmie your thoughts...
Bluestonered":1vcd7flt said:this thread is kinda like do you scrunch your toilet paper or fold?? I find there are alot of drummers that just dont get the tuning of their snare right.. it DOES depend on the style of music and setting (live/recording). Generally the bottom head should be tight, much tighter than you would do on your toms. The top of the snare comes down to the sound you want..but knowing when to stop and not to overtighten and choke the snare. I find drummers who play real fast have their top heads tight for quick bounce, but then ghost strokes just dont work properly, and if its too loose then it wont cut through the music enough.
Definately stretch the head in. I still wind the lugs up as tight as they'll go and put my snare on the floor and step on the head (I have a steel snare, it's not gunna break on me)....bounce around abit.....loosen off all the lugs.....wind them all the way up again......loosen them all off and then making sure all the lugs are finger tight. Do quater turns with your key fom one lug, moving to the opposite lug, move to the right, quater turn, then the opposite etc etc in a clockwise motion...tapping intermitently just outside the rim with the stick, in line with a lug and then checking the tonal difference between the lug opposite so all the lugs sound the same. And just practice and be patient. It might also take an hour or two before the heads wear in and the snare really starts to crank the way you want it.
One more thing, I actually have found the sweet spot of my snare, and its not by hitting it dead in the cente, but about 2 and 1/2 inches diagonally right from the centre of my snare whilst hitting the rim...
downshifter99":38dkmiyo said:I use a Aquarian Hi-Energy batter head(indesrtuctable)and crank it very tight!
Resonate head is standard tuned.
Snare strainer is cranked VERY tight!
Half piccolo,half Helmet (the band) sounding.
Alot of bounce for ultimate stick action...plus,It cuts through the 180db amps in my face.
The snare is the "SACK" of rock-n-roll drumming!!!!!!!!!!!