Originally Posted by biggator6
I personally find tuning drums WAY harder than guitar (I can tune drums, but I'd hardly say I'm 'good' at it). Guitar, you're tuning a single note - drums (assuming you're not using concert toms) you have to tune two notes together. Those two notes can be the same, at intervals, or just a disaster.
First of all learn to get one head in tune.
Place the drum on a blanket to muffel the oposit side.
Get the lowest possible pitch (a tone not a vladps or plöck).
Make sure the overall pitch is represented at the center of the head as well as next to each tuning lug.
You can tune the head with out listening to the pitch at the lugs, by striking the drum dead center with a mallet and tune down and up one lug.
You should be able to hear a interference like with 2 guitar strings out of tune.
Wile you move the lug you should notice the interference get less (or more).
Find the place for that lug were there is the least amout of it.
When you are around the drum once you should be close to a good pitch.
Next flip the drum over and get the other side to the lowest posibble tone and in tune with it self.
Now you can mount the drum and check for the intervall.
I advice to strike the batter head now and bring up the reso head by 1/4 turn on each lug (keep hitting the batter head and listen wile you do so).
Once you have tuned them up, listen again.
Repeat to tune the reso up by 1/4 turn until it sounds to "funny".
You can go back to the lowest possible pitch on the reso and now tune up the batter side by 1/4 turns per lug.
This will give you a good idea of what pitch relations result in which sound.
Sounds like a bit of work, but it is relativly easy.
Keep in mind shitty old heads might make tuning the drum in question impossible, so will a aout of round drum/hoop or a ****ed up bearingedge.
So get new heads and sit down with your 12" tom for a weekend.
BTW a good starting point is to messure for equal distance from each bridge to the hoop.
If you notice that turning one lug up does not get the pitch up infront of the lug, than try tuning up the other side.
Oh and get a Bob Gatzen DVD, there is all one need to know about tuning on it.