The Importance of Tuning Your Drums

An amazing drum solo starts with a well-tuned drum set. Nothing is more annoying from an audience ear than the sound of a sloppy beat and out-of-synch drum work. That is why you always need to check the overall tone of your drum kit. With those in mind, let us discuss how to tune your drums and why tuning your drums can save you a lot of money.

The Importance of Tuning Your Drums

Tuning your drum is easy. Using the drum key, choose a lug where you will base the tone of the remaining heads; this will be your "reference lug". If you turn the lug one and a half times, you should also turn all the lugs with the same amount. Do this while going back and forth on opposite directions. Continue turning each lug until the head is wrinkle-free. After the drum head was tightly fit on the rim, go ahead with the tuning. Tap 1 to 2 inches away from the lug and listen to the pitch. The pitch should satisfy you. If not, tighten the lug just a bit. Next, tap the head opposite your reference lug. Be sure that their distance are the same. The pitch should match the sound of the previous lug. Adjust the lug if you need to. There is no standard tune for the drum. Just trust your ears with this matter. Turn over the head and do the same procedure on the resonant skin (the bottom head). You can tune the resonant skin higher or lower than the batter head (the upper head). You can also match their pitch if you wanted to.

Drums rely on the tensions on the head in producing sound. The tension rods make sure that the heads are in place while the vibrations travel from the batter head down to the resonant skin. But the constant beating can loosen these rods, moving the head out-of-place. This condition produces a flat and dull sound. Also, an out of tune drum head indicates that you did not properly adjust the screw. It will cause your skin to droop in the middle. In effect, your head is prone to damage caused by heavy and unequal beating. Over-tuning your drums is also dangerous because it leads to cracks across the drum skin. Uneven tuning can cause damage among the tension rods due to unequal distribution of pressure. This will lead you to regular tuning of drum head.

Keep in mind that there is no exact science how to decide the right pitch for drums. But this privilege comes with great responsibility that drummers need to realize. Be sure to have an equal distribution of tension across the drum-head so that you can have a kit that will last a long time.

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by Jack M Evans; Saturday, December 17, 2011 @ 08:31 AM [2453]

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