thread: Drum Tracking
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Old 2nd August 2016
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Originally Posted by SylviaMassy View Post
I'll find the key of the song first, then tune the toms and snare to that key. I usually use a piano to find the right notes. Then when changing heads, go back to the piano and match the drum tuning of the previous take. I will sometimes use my trusty little Jaymar toy piano for note reference, it is a very handy studio tool! If a piano or the Jaymar is not available, I will use a guitar or other instrument for note reference.
Hi Sylvia, Thank you for being so kind to answer all our questions. When tuning a snare to a note do you tune it so the note is heard from the overtones i.e. near the lugs? I notice that if I tune a snare by tapping near the lugs the overtone ring is often a different note than if I just strike the center of the drum with the snares not engaged.