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Tips for Achieving a Great Sound

Head Choice
Choosing the right head is the first step to achieving a great sound with your drums. Rather than choosing whatever drumhead is available and then adding duct tape, gels or stickers to modify the sound, explore the options for drumheads that have overtone control built in. If you’re a heavy hitter, explore the two-ply options available. If aesthetics are important, be sure to research the variety of finishes available.

Tuning
Before playing your drums, in practice or in performance, be sure to make sure that your drums are all in tune. When making adjustments to the tension of a head, be sure always to tune up to the desired tension, rather than tuning down. If you wish to lower the tension of a head, de-tension the rods below the desired amount, and then tune up to pitch.

Drumhead Terms

Most drumheads have three similar design features regardless of size, construction or intended use;

Flesh Hoop
The aluminum channel that holds the film and comes in direct contact with the counter hoop of the drum. The channel is filled with a durable epoxy to hold the film securely in place.

Collar
The portion of the drumhead between the flesh hoop and the playing surface. The collar is easily identified by the slope at the edge of the playing surface.

Playing Surface
The contact area of the drumhead. This space is where sticks/brushes/alternative sound sources will come in contact with the head. This is also the portion of the head that resonates when struck.

Practice; Anytime, Anywhere

We can’t always be in front of a drum when we want to practice. Sometimes we’re nowhere near a drum, other times it’s just not practical to be playing a relatively loud instrument. Luckily, we have a variety of practice pads and drum mutes that allow you to practice at just about any time or place. Whether you’re in between classes and need to practice on a small pad or in your apartment and you want to play your kit at a less noticeable volume, we’ve got you covered.

You could go so far as to cover your entire kit with practice mutes or even have a separate kit made entirely out of practice pads. Your creative energy shouldn’t be limited to certain hours of the day or locations of convenience, that’s why you’ve got RealFeel™ practice pads and SoundOff™ drum mutes.





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