Here is some information and videos to help you tune your drums. There are a lot of different opinions on drum tuning- there is not one correct way. Every drum is different and the sound that each person is looking for is usually different. You will start to get an idea of the sound you want to get from your drums the longer you have been playing and the more drums you have listened to. In the mean time enjoy the learning process.


The ability to tune your drums is a skill that should be learnt and practised from the day you get your drums. Like playing it is a skill that you will get better at the more you do it. Here are a few key points worth remembering

  • Follow the basic steps in the videos and guides below and practise and practise
  • Always tighten or loosen the drum skins evenly with your drum key. Work diagonally across the drum skin.
  • Always let your ears be the final judge- does the drum sound good to you?
  • Get someone else to play your drums then stand infront to hear what they sound like
  • Remember the size and thickness of the drum, the type of drum skin, and even the sticks you use can all influence the sound of your drum


Drum Tuning Video # 1.

 Master drummer Dave Weckl gives us his view on tuning drums in this video. Listen to Dave as he tunes the pitches of the drum skins.






Drum Tuning Video # 2.

In this video Bob Gatzen talks us through the process of tuning the tom toms. A good visual demonstration of tuning the drum skins diagonally.






Drum Tuning Guide # 1.

This written drum tuning guide explains the steps to successfully tune a tom tom. Starting with the bottom skin or drum head of your smallest drum and always tuning diagonally across the drum.


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