- Nov 18, 2017
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At that point, I suggest you use some restraint. When your mind is telling you "ok, just a little tighter," maybe ignore it. Try it out.That's the problem, I've never figured out the point of "just by feel" I'm the guy that needs a screw just a little tighter because I figure that if not it might come loose. And then it goes "BAM". And off to Lowe's I go pissed off at myself. I want to avoid hearing "BAM" on the snare.
A drum doesn't 'come loose' by not being tightened enough. Conversely, one doesn't 'break' a drum by over tightening either. The heads maybe yes, but a new head is pretty damn strong. Some can strain the lugs yes, but a drum can take it, especially a metal one. What it cannot take well is grossly *uneven tension* - that will bend shells, hoops etc.
Wires - tight enough so that you get some buzz and action by movement of the stick only quarter-inch off the head. If you are not getting any buzz or action from such a light hit, the wires are too tight, and choked.
It seems to be in vogue to tighten the hell out of everything but truth is some drums do very well at lower tensions, some at high, some can do the whole range. Each has a sweet spot. A lot of learning can be gotten by just experimenting for an hour, figuring out your snare and its sounds. Most really crank the reso, but it need not be.
Maybe you've seen this, but This may help, view the earlier episodes too on snares: