Resonant Snare Drum Head Tuning

  • Posted on: 10 August 2014
  • By: sheldonkreger

I'm using a 6.5 x 14 Ludwig Supraphonic on my kit, and lately it's been feeling a bit flat. I can't get it to resonate the way I want it to. I can get a good 'crack' out of it. However, I don't get any of those whirling high's that I love.

After experimenting with tuning the batter snare drum head WAY up, I had almost given up. I blamed it on old heads. However, it turns out that all I needed to do was tune the resonant head higher. It was like magic!

The comparison is subtle on the Drumdial drum tuner . . . just going from 80 to 84 on each lug made a HUGE difference. Interestingly, I did have to crank the lugs down quite a bit more in order to get up to 84. Frankly, I'm not sure if it would even tune past 85 or 86. And, hitting the resonant head with my stick, it sounds practically just like a high ping - no real 'body' or resonance to it at all (other than some faint highs).

Bottom line: If you're snare if sounding flat, try cranking your resonant head up and see what happens.

Drummer: 
Sheldon Kreger

Add new comment

Filtered HTML

  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd><img>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Refresh Type the characters you see in this picture. Type the characters you see in the picture; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.  Switch to audio verification.