What note should I tune my snare to?
For a 6.5″ snare drum, the pitches G – Bb are what you should listen for (Ab – B for a 5″ drum). Using your drum key, tighten each tension rod ONE EVEN HALF TURN always working in opposites across the drum until you come near the pitch. Use a piano or keyboard percussion instrument to help find your pitch.
How did Bonham tune his snare?
CRANK THE BOTTOM HEADS The main concept behind Bonham’s tuning strategy was that he tensioned the resonant heads tighter than the batter heads. This indicates that while Bonham was known for using felt strips to dampen his kick, he only used one on the batter side while in the studio.
What kind of snare did John Bonham use?
Ludwig Supraphonic LM402 snare drum
The Legendary Bonham Snare The performance-proven Ludwig Supraphonic LM402 snare drum was the first choice of legendary drummer John Bonham and can be heard on most of Led Zeppelin’s classic recordings.
How tight should my snare be?
Through experimentation and the advice of some other experienced drummers, I have come to the conclusion that the snare-side (bottom) head of a snare drum should be tensioned extremely tight. Don’t be bashful about this. Crank that puppy up very tight. For most styles, you want the snare-side head very tight.
What size snare did John Bonham use?
14inch x 6½
Throughout Bonham’s career it seems he consistently played on the Ludwig Supraphonic 14inch x 6½ 402 snare drum on stage.
What brand of drums did John Bonham use?
Bonham played exclusively on Ludwig drums for the duration of his career in Led Zeppelin.
What size snare did Bonham use?
Throughout Bonham’s career it seems he consistently played on the Ludwig Supraphonic 14inch x 6½ 402 snare drum on stage. This drum is usually found chrome plated over a ‘Ludalloy’ shell. He decided against using the more expensive brass-shelled drums.
Should resonant heads be tighter?
A tighter or looser resonant head will shorten the sustain and give a slight bend to the pitch of the drum (more pronounced with a looser bottom head). If the resonant head is too tight, there’s not enough sustain produced in the drum to significantly rattle the snares and the drum is choked.
Why does my snare sound bad?
When one has a snare drum, remember that the drum is a dual head drum. If the top and bottom heads tuning is to the same pitch, there will be conflicting harmonics that will make the snare sound bad, have an excessive buzz, or even have a muddy sound as the harmonics cancel each other out.
How do I make my snare buzz less?
Here are eight tips and tricks that I’ve found work well:
- 1 – Make sure the snare wires are installed correctly.
- 2 – Tune toms away from the snare’s frequency range.
- 3 – De-tune lugs near the throw off and butt plate.
- 4 – Rotate your snare.
- 5 – Use a thinner snare-side head.
- 6 – Upgrade to a higher-quality set of snare wires.