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MitchLyons
03-10-2013, 11:26 AM
Hey, guys.

I've been pulled off of my high school's bass drum line this year to play tenors. I'm not unhappy about it, but I'm new to them. I'm the only one this year, and we've only used one tenor for the past 2 years. Do you guys have any tips?

Also, I've brought home a spare set of tenors from my school, and I'll be keeping them all year. I want to put some new heads on them, because the Pinstripe Crimplocks on them are dead. Our load out this year is Black Max/Falam 2 on snares, custom Remo Powermaxes with Starfire (chrome) Mylar for basses, and Renaissance Emperors on the quints. Not sure if I should go ahead and get the RE's to get adjusted, or if I should go with something else a bit more specialised.

Any help is much appreciated, guys!

Novak
03-11-2013, 11:35 AM
As long as you make sure the Renaissance Emperors you are buying are the ones made for quads, then yes, absolutely go with them. They get a great dry tone from the drums when tuned correctly.

The indoor and drum corps I march with tunes pretty high, but I like it a lot and it adds separation between the high and low voices of the snares and basses respectively. We start with an F# on drum 4 and tune minor thirds all the way up. If you have a tuner the note would be an F#3 to start with. The important thing is to make sure the head is seated properly and having the lugs relatively close in pitch before bringing the head up to the desired note to make sure it is set up to be able to hold that pitch as long as possible.

MitchLyons
03-16-2013, 06:22 AM
Thanks, Novak!

Definitely need to practice some technique, and crossovers are not my strong suit. Any advice as far as playing?

snizare
04-10-2013, 08:15 AM
Don't even begin to worry about crosses until you have your basic technique and playing zones to a science. Lateral motion and comfort moving around the drums is way more important than sweeps and crosses in this stage of your development. If you get those things happening, the process of learning to cross and sweep will be much easier for you.

MitchLyons
04-11-2013, 03:16 PM
Don't even begin to worry about crosses until you have your basic technique and playing zones to a science. Lateral motion and comfort moving around the drums is way more important than sweeps and crosses in this stage of your development. If you get those things happening, the process of learning to cross and sweep will be much easier for you.

Thanks, man! Our snare captain has re-written ALL of the percussion parts, and it's got some places for crosses. I've been working at them, and we just assembled our new Dynasty carriers today. They feel so much better on the Dynasty. They used to lean on our old Pearls, so it's a lot easier to learn them now. There are some places for crosses, but I can work around them until I get my technique down.

If anyone is interested, I got a set of Innovative Percussion Tim Jackson mallets, and they're really, really nice. I'd recommend them to anyone.