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Tuning Concepts

Preparation

Refer to the Remo drumhead selection guidelines to determine which heads will produce the sound you want.  After removing the old drumhead, wipe down the bearing edge of the drum and the counterhoop with a dry cloth to remove any dust or other debris that may have collected.

Cleaning the bearing edge

Now is also a good time to check to see that the tension rods are adequately lubricated.  Place the new drumhead on the drum and be sure to line up the logo in the position you want to see it when the drum is mounted.  Replace the counterhoop and tension rods and “finger-tighten” the rods to be sure they start out at equal tension.

Finger-tighten the tuning rods

Next, place your drum on a carpeted surface or rest it on your knee to mute the head that’s not being tuned.  Now you are ready to begin the tuning process.

Cross-tune method

When applying tension to the drum, the goal is to do it in a way that keeps the head as balanced as possible so as not to stretch the film unevenly.  Some drummers use two drum keys while tuning to accomplish this.  Take a look at the following diagrams to see which pattern you should use.  Remember, for a higher pitch, rotate the tuning rods clockwise, for a lower pitch, rotate counter-clockwise.

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