How To Tune Your Toms Like a Pro | Easy Drum Tuning Part 2 of 3
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This episode is part 2 of 3 called How To Tune your Toms Like A Pro. This is a way to get a great all around tom sound in a few minutes after changing heads. There are many different types of toms and one set of toms can't do every sound. That?s whet that make them out of different woods, with different rims and different heads. One tom CAN?T get every sound. If a pro drummer or producer wants a different sound, they use a different kit. Don?t believe videos that tell you that you can get very sound out of one drum just by tuning it. The 13? tom I tuned the top head (Batter) to a E and the bottom head (Resonant) to a G for a minor 3rd relationship. The pitch of the batter head will not be as clear because it?s a 2 ply Remo Coated Emperor. If I used a single ply clear or coated on the batter head I would tune the to the same pitch which would depend on the key of the song and the drum. The 16? Floor tom had the resonant (bottom) heard (Remo Clear Ambassador) tuned to D and the top head (Remo Coated Emperor) and the top (batter) head tuned to a D above for another minor 3rd relationship. Remember the pitch will not be as clear because a 2 play head is not quite as accurate as a 1 ply. The 2 ply is much more durable and will last longer on a session especially with a rock drummer. If I?m using Remo Ambassador?s on both the top and bottom head, the will usually last for 3 songs in the studio and need to be changed. If the drummer is using stocks that have a ball instead of tapered tip they will dent the heads fairly quickly. Once a head is dented (pitted) they can?t be tuned properly and need to be changed out. Also, nylon tip sticks will quickly destroy a clear, single ply clear batter head so I usually don?t let drummer use them.
13? Batter (2 Ply) Head tuned to E
13? Resonant (1ply) Head tuned a minor 3rd above to G
16? Batter (2 Ply) Head tuned to B
16? Resonant (1ply) Head tuned a minor 3rd above to D
The Bottom Heads usually sound great when they are a Perfect 4th apart.
If the drums can?t be tuned to an accurate pitch of there?s a loose lug, either the rim is bent or the bearing edge is not even. You can check this by putting the bearing edge in a flat surface and bring to slide a piece or paper under it.