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Topic: Tuning a snare
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AuthorTopic:   Tuning a snare
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posted: 12/5/2004 at 6:20:29 PM ET
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every time i tune my snare it goes straight from so loose there is a deep vibrating note to so tight it feels like a marching band snare.....any sugestions?

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posted: 12/6/2004 at 11:47:40 AM ET
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I assume you are refering to the snare on a drum set.

The snare should not need tightening that often. If it is constantly going from very tight to very loose, then there is a mechanical problem or you are hitting the mess out of it when to play. hitting it extremely hard will distort (bend) the head making it sound lower or looser. Then it has to be tightened to make it sound better. The problem is you can only tighten the lugs so far until you risk damamging the shell of the drum. If your head is starting to distort (bend) buy a new head. They aren't that expensive. Most set snares are not tuned as high as a marching snare, but need to relatively tight in comparison to the other heads of the toms.
As I said I think you are hitting the head very hard. Changing heads will help this.
As a side note you probably dont' have to play that hard. If you are palying hard enough to bend the head you are hitting to hard. One reason drummers in heavy metal groups are so loud is that they are miked and run through a PA system. This helps them stay as loud as the amped up guitars and bass.

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