Setting up a snare drum may seem difficult for beginners, but there are some simple tricks to reproduce to help you find the right tuning. We have made a few videos available on our YouTube channel to guide you with pictures and diagrams. Several elements of the snare drum come into play to achieve the right tuning.
The top circle (hitting side) and the bottom circle (tone side) must be perfectly aligned, parallel, to ensure a homogeneous tension of the drumheads. To do this, simply place the circle on the drumhead, without the tie rods. They will naturally take their place by leaning on the circles of the drumhead. Then, you just have to put the tie rods one by one, then tighten them very slightly with your finger. At this stage, check the parallelism of the circles with your eye. If you are fussy, you can use a ruler.
The next step is to tighten each tie rod with the wrench by the same number of turns, not one after the other, but crossing from one tie rod to the other, face to face. Once you have tightened one tie rod, you will tighten the opposite tie rod of the circle, as if you were drawing a straight line on the drumhead through the center. It is imperative to tighten each tie-rod progressively, even if it means going back to each of them, always in the same pattern, facing each other (never in the circular direction).
This adjustment technique is to be practiced on the strike side as well as on the stamp side. The only difference lies in the strength of the tension of the drumhead (on the timbre side) which, traditionally, should be at its maximum tension (but to each his own!)
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Put your timbre flat, without any fixation, centered, on the drumhead. Pass your ribbon, or your fixing strings (it varies from one brand to another) on the opposite side of the trigger. Offset your patch slightly to the side of the trigger counterpart (opposite the trigger).
Then, tighten your fastener (ribbon or string) in its housing (counter part). Now place your trigger in the engaged position and unscrew its adjustment screw completely.
The time has come to pass your binding (ribbon or rope) in the part of the patch provided for this purpose. Be careful, tighten slightly, but not too much!
You can now start tightening the trigger adjustment screw. During this operation, you must tap the drumhead with your drumstick. As you tighten the screw, the sound of the tone and the snare drum will start to "merge" smoothly into a "normal" snare drum sound. The tighter you squeeze, the snappier the sound. The less you squeeze, the more crunchy the sound will be. It's all a matter of taste and desire, it's up to you!