This is something I've been meaning to ask on a forum for a while. I play on a couple shared kits and once in a while someone will come along and tune the drum so tight it's literally to the max (with the snare wire also maxed out on tightness). I feel I have good technique and decent handle on rudiments but when it comes to this I can barely play a decent sounding drag/roll and the drum sounds all choked and dead. My chops go down the toilet on a snare like this. I really don't understand this approach. I'm just wondering, what is the advantage to tuning a snare this way? Is this a drum corps thing that I never grew up with? Or do I need to work on my technique even more intensely so that this style of tuning feels more natural to me? Any insight may be helpful.
As far as my preference on tuning, I prefer top head to be tuned fairly tightly but also loose enough so I can bounce the head of the stick comfortably with a slight bit of resonance echoing after each hit. Personally, this method is much more comfortable and musical feeling to me.
Last edited by KeyboardEric; 03/09/20 08:48 AM.