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In this free drum lesson, Jared Falk, one of the drum instructors for DrumLessons.com, takes you through his personal methods for tuning toms using a step-by-step approach. The techniques Jared shares in this video are not set in stone. You can use them in conjunction with other ones if you like. What we advise you to do is to at least try these tuning techniques out, even if you already now how to tune your drums properly. They might get your drums sounding even better.
Becoming a good drum tuner doesn’t come overnight. Much like everything else you learn how to do on a drum set, learning how to make drums sound amazing requires practice, a lot of patience and trial by error. The more time you spend practicing drum tuning; the more you explore the different muffling techniques and drumheads at your disposal, the better you’ll ultimately be. If you practice drum tuning every single day you’ll become very good at it eventually. You may want to check the free drum lesson “How To Tune Your Drums” for more tips on tom-tom tuning.
Once you’re done tuning the tom-toms to your liking, you might find that they resonate for too long. Check the free drum lesson “How To Muffle Your Drums” to learn about the muffling techniques Jared enjoys using for getting rid of unwanted tom-tom resonance. As soon as your toms sound exactly like you want them to, you can learn how to set them up properly by watching the lesson “How To Setup A Drum Set“.
If you’d like to learn how to tune the remaining drums on your drum set, we encourage you to check the free drum lessons “How To Tune Your Snare Drum” and “How To Tune Your Bass Drum” to learn more about Jared’s approach for getting his snare and bass drum tuned properly.
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