How To Set Up a Snare Drum

If you are a drummer or are planning to be one, you need to know how to set up your own snare drum. The snare drum is the smallest piece that provides most of the basic beats aside from the bass drum. Most of the time, a drummer only carries his own drumsticks and at most, his own set of cymbals. In most cases, the snares will be a part of the venue’s drum set up or some prefer to bring in their own. In any case, you need to know how to make adjustments on your own so that you are not dependent on someone else to do the testing and setting up for you. This can be a quite easy task to do especially if you have lots of time to practice. Remember to start setting up a few minutes early so that you will not be pressured to get it right the first time in just 5 minutes.

  • Knowing where to place your snare drum. The first thing you need to do is to find a spot for your snares. Normally it is placed in between your high hat and left toms. This would really depend on how you typically set up your snares but on most occasions, this is how it is.
  • Opening your tripod. Your next move would be for you to split open your tripod, where you will be placing your drum while you are playing. Make sure that the floor is flat and it is in line with where the rest of the drums are. Check if there are any cords lying underneath and remove them as necessary.
  • Double-checking your snares. After you have opened and placed your tripod, get your snares and look at the bottom of the drum if the chains are still in good condition. If not, ask for a replacement snare. After you have checked the chains, place it on your tripod. Make sure that it is securely on the tripod so that it won’t fall out midway into your performance. Tighten the nuts of your tripod well.
  • Testing the snares. Once you have the snares in place, play a few beats to see if it is stable in its position. Listen carefully for uncontrolled rattling. Make sure that the sound is consistent since the snare is one of the most commonly used pieces in your drum set. If there is something wrong with the way it sounds or if you notice a small tear, just ask for a replacement piece.

Now you can go ahead and play with your drums as you normally would. Have fun playing and be keen with the sound of your snares and your entire drum set. Most pop performances require the snare drum, as well as in most jazz performances. If you are very particular with the sound of your snares, it would be best to have your own set to put in place whenever you play. This will be less bulky to bring rather than bringing your entire drum set. At most you will be carrying your own drumsticks, your cymbals and your snare drums.


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