At long last, the day has come when you bring home your first drum set and eagerly prepare to pound away. But as you start slamming the sticks, you realize that your kit isn’t producing the same sounds as those made by your favorite percussionists. This is where many beginners get frustrated and quit, not realizing how close they are to mimicking their idols. Here is a guide on how to get the best sound out of your drum set.
Get in Tune
As with any instrument, your drums must be in tune if you want them to create a crisp, clear sound. Tuning is a difficult skill for many new and hobby drummers to master, and It requires an esoteric knowledge of the instrument that many novice players simply don’t possess. If you are struggling to get your set in tune, contact your local music store for help.
Inspect the Drumheads
If your kit doesn’t sound up to snuff, consider investing in some new drumheads. It may not be possible to tell how long the current ones have been on your set. This is especially important to consider if the drums are second-hand or from an in-store display. Even many new kits don’t come equipped with high-quality heads when compared to many of the available options on the market.
Applying dampening helps clean up the sound your drumming produces. This works by controlling the sound being produced each time the drum is struck. This is an especially effective method for cleaning up the sound from less expensive and older sets.
Consider the Sticks
There are many varieties of drum sticks that can be personalized, right down to the stick head. Changing various aspects such as the weight of the stick, the tip of the stick head, or how the stick is balanced can all impact the sound the stick generates.
Assess the Bearing Edges
If your drums still sound off, no matter what you check, look into your bearing edges. Be sure to routinely check them for flat spots and apply beeswax to each bearing edge as necessary. If you do notice any dips or flat areas, take the drum to a professional to cut a new bearing for you.
Speaking of professionals, the staff at Yandas Music are experts when it comes to the art of drumming. We sell and service many different drums and percussion instruments at prices and speeds guaranteed to satisfy.