How much should the skin of the case be “pulled”?

To have a “big” and full sound, use the beating skin to adjust the pitch and the rather slow resonant to give this beautiful full-bodied effect.

Obviously, with these adjustments the margin of maneuver will not be wide, but by working a bit of ” fine-tuning ” you can have the sound you are looking for.

Inserting something (special PADs, blankets, pillows, etc.) inside the case you can go to adjust and vary the sound a lot. Make the tests, put, remove, but please, do not go overboard with the amount. In the studio something more is allowed, as far as life is concerned I would leave much more playing the drum.


If you do as I have shown you’ll have drums with stretched skin in a uniform and above all the bases for you to start experimenting on his own.

The tuning techniques are different, but the only constant in this world of variables is that you have to try many times. You have to experience it, don’t think of learning how to tune the drums doing it a handful of times. Try, experiment and make your idea by following these guidelines I wrote to you.

I want to conclude only with some quick advice, namely:

  1. The skin of the snare drum must be pulled well to ensure the rebound of the sticks.
  2. The leather of the case must be slightly drawn, but be careful that it is not too slow. To prevent this from happening, check that there are no creases on the skin near the tie rods. If you see them, it’s too slow, pull it a little more.
  3. You will surely have seen that someone puts material inside the box and you want to do it too. The material in question ( professional mutes or old blankets ) are used to soften the sound a bit and not risk to hear overtones (annoying for some). The advice is not to overdo it, don’t put too much into it, otherwise the sound will be too sordid and the case will sound too dull.

Try it out, but let the box sound, don’t stop it too much.


You took a ride on the internet and found the ” Drum Tuners ” that is those devices (they are dynamometers ) that detect the tension of the skin at a certain point. It is not up to me to make judgments on the actual use of these instruments.

Personally I believe that the ear and the experience are the best tools to tune our drums, also because often it is not enough to give the same tension to each tie if then the shaft or the mechanics are not very precise. For this reason, while I am arranging, I always tell you to play with the stick at 2/3 cm from the edge, to realize with your ear if the skin at that point is pulled as in other places.

By now even the electronics have entered forcefully in this sector and you can also find many technological accessories that can be connected with apps to help you tune the battery.


One of the most famous examples is Tune-Bot by Overtone Labs. I haven’t tried it myself yet, and so I don’t want to give you wrong opinions. I heard that it does a good job, at least it helps you if tune your battery isn’t for you. Obviously I suggest you try it before buying it.

I consider it a good accessory, more than for a drummer (who is a sooner or later MUST learn to tune with his ear), for a recording studio. Having such an object could be crucial when you have drummers who have forgotten the drums and don’t know how to do it.

Try, try and try again a thousand times. Throw and loosen, do all the necessary tests and it will never be lost. Every mistake you learn something and not only applies to the exercises but also and above all to the tuning of the battery.

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How to tune Drums?

September 6, 2019