Recently I've been wanting to learn more about notes and other music theory. But seeing as I don't play guitar or something similar, I wanted to apply it to my drum kit. There is knowledge around there about the subject, tuning drums to notes in scales, but it's very little and really scattered.
So what I want to do, and I need your help on this, is to make this a sticky with all the information we need about drum tuning to pitch. Discussions, techniques, tips, everything.
I'm going to start of with the information I found so far and my own 'research' data, so here we go!
For those unfamiliar with notes, here's wikipedia excerpt:
On the page is also a note table, might be useful since we use different names in different regions.Originally Posted by Note - Wikipedia
Source: Note - Wikipedia
Another helpful page is to be found in the drum tuning bible, it discusses what pitches different size drums "like":
There's also more concepts and ideas to be found on that page.Originally Posted by Drum Tuning Bible
Source: Drum Tuning Bible - Tuning To Musical Notes
- Forum posts
The posts that really got me interested in this subject, and which were the most help to me are to be found in 2 topics:
Tom Tuning By Tapping The Head - What Pitch?
- My Own ResultsOriginally Posted by Tuning Tests, 10" Tom, Tuned To A D
I went out and bought a Chromatic Tuner (Boss TU-80) which helps me recognize the pitch the drumhead produces. I tap near the lugs till I get a reading, it's difficult since a drum is not a plucked instrument but with some patience it's do-able.
My snare is tuned:
So it's a fourth apart which gives me a nice pop and snare response.
My toms are tuned:
10" - D
12" - B
14" - G
As you can see, my heads are tuned equal and 2 steps below the note I want it to produce. This has worked for me. Still need to tweak the 14" though because it produces more overtones then the rest of the toms do at the moment.
I hope that this was useful to you, I hope you guys can help me out, I hope a mod will make this into a resourceful sticky, let's get tuning