A Guide on How to tune Drum Sets

Every drummer who is worth their salt know that a great sounding drum kit is determined by how well the drums are tuned. Even if you are a beginner, once you have well-tuned drums, your drumming experience will definitely stand out.

How to tune Drum Sets

So why is this aspect so difficult to achieve for drummers? The simplest answer is you have to experiment with the tuning, by messing about with the different tunings until you figure out what works for you.

Since a drum set sometimes costs a fortune, it is only fair that you make it sound the best it can! Surprisingly, the process is not as difficult as perceived so even as a beginner you can surely hack it.

You will just need to take some time and have a lot of patience until you get the best sound. In order to achieve that ideal sound, there are steps that you must consider as will be discussed in this article.

So what should you consider?

First things first, what will you need? You will need a drum, drum keys, a drum head and as mentioned earlier in this article, a lot of patience!

One key component of a drum set is the kick or bass drum, which is significant, for the overall sound of your drum set. The bass drum has the widest range of possible tunes in your entire drum kit. It is entirely your choice if it sounds like a gentle giant emphasizing your whole kit or as a destruction of sounds to your listeners.

To start off, you have to properly select the heads. The essential head is the batter head. It is advisable that you follow it with a powerful 2-ply head, except if you want to play jazz or acoustic music.

How do you tune the drum set?

First of all, get the batter head. This is the part that determines the sound when it comes to the bass drum. Set and attach the batter head on top of the shell and tie the tension rods all round which are accompanied by a claw. We advise you get a set of wood hoops as opposed to metal ones because they are more durable.

Once the wood hoop is on top, ensure that each tension rod is now paired with a claw. Slip the rod into the claw and then position each pair on top of the hoop next to the parallel rod.

Once this is done, repeat the process for all the drums, while ensuring that you tighten them as much as possible. Afterwards, set up the drums with the pedal and give it a test run. Do you like the sound? If the drum is too buzzy, tighten the front head a little more. If the pitch is too low, loosen or tighten the batter head. Tap each rod opposite each other, to try and hear any inconsistent sounds. Should there be any, tune each tension rod suitably. Continue doing this until you achieve your ideal sound.

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