How To Muffle Your Drums

Easy Drumming That Sounds Hard

In this free drum lesson, Jared Falk takes you through some of the muffling techniques he likes to employ for getting rid of sympathetic snare buzz, unwanted snare ring, and overall drum set resonance. The muffling techniques he teaches in this free drum lesson are great for any live or studio setting. Give this free drum lesson a try, and you’ll be muffling your drums like a pro in no time.

Knowing how to tune your drum set is the most important part of getting your drums to sound great for live gigs, recording sessions, and rehearses. Muffling should only be used to get rid of unwanted ring and resonance, and not as something to help you cover up for bad tuning and poor tuning skills. Learn how to make your drums sound good by practicing your tuning skills first. Only then should you mess around with some muffling options and learn how to muffle your drums properly. So check the free drum lessons “How To Tune Your Snare Drum“, “How To Tune Your Bass Drum“, and “How To Tune Your Toms” before watching this one.

Once you know how to get a great sound from your drums by mixing up the tuning and muffling techniques taught in these free drum lessons on drum tuning and muffling, you can start using your drum set for recording sessions. If you want to learn some tips and tricks on how to mic, record, and EQ your drum set properly for recording sessions, we encourage you to watch the lesson “How To Mic A Bass Drum” to get started.

If you’re more interested in playing then in recording, we’ve got good options for you as well. If you’re a beginner drummer, check the free beginner drum lessons in the free drum lessons guide to learn about some basic but essential concepts, exercises beats and fills. The free drum lessons guide also features free intermediate drum lessons and free advanced drum lessons. If you’re a more experienced player, you might want to check those sections out.




  • Ekemini says:

    thanks my mentor.

  • Frank says:

    Thanks alot Jared its very helpful.

  • studio eng says:

    I wish he had played the drums with and without the dampening just for a comparison

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  • Mac says:

    I find that putting tape on the resonant head of the snare is good for less rattling

  • Renan says:

    Good video. Thank you Jared and team and keep up the good work!
    I consider these videos as an add-on to the drumming system and drum fill system that I have

  • rodrigo says:

    I actually didnt get the name of the tape you were using, could you please write it down for me, it would be so helpful

    • Josh says:

      It’s called Gaff tape.

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  • larry d says:

    When my snare wires rattle while striking the toms, what i do is check drum positioning and then the tuning of the toms. With heads off, I strike the outside shell to get an ear for its frequency. If the wood had its own mind to speak, it would likely say “tune me to what i am which is my own frequency.” This works for me. I also double check comparison between top and bottom and might make slight adjustments.
    Thankful for the work you do and enjoy your lessons.

  • Hello Jared says:

    Please what’s your drum make if i may ask? they’re really nice…

  • dawid says:

    moongel could work aswel

  • Travis Varble says:

    if you ever use duct tape, use baby oil, a clean rag, and a lot of elbow grease to get the residue off.

  • Royce says:

    Hey thanks Jared, you have already helped me, with the tuning, I will put this gained knowledge into practice tonight.
    Thank you Royce

    • Esther says:

      If I understand right when you post a video one of the quntisoes is weather or not others can use it without permission so I just assumed that all videos posted on Youtube could be used by anybody else. I have put djembe lessons from other people onto my website and have already submitted to directories, hopefully I didn’t do anything wrong.

  • Octavio says:

    Dear Jared I have one question: Which mixer and mics you use for your drum lessons.

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