For most people, the drummer sets the pace of the entire band and in some cases, are considered to play a central role in the band. Not to mention that most of the time, aside from the singer, the drummer gets the most attention. But aside from attention and the glory, a part of being a drummer is knowing how to assemble one of the most complicated portable instruments you ever need to set up. The numerous pieces and multiple dependencies make the drum set one of the most tedious items to put together. One part of the drum set is the snare drum stand, which you need to know how to set up if you are the drummer. Just follow the items listed below and the setup should eventually be very breezy as you get used to it.
- Setting up the rest of the drum set. Usually, the snare is the last one set up in a drum set assembly since this is the drum that is most often used and hence, needs to be in the most comfortable, most reachable spot for the drummer.
- Setting up the tripod. Your tripod will be the actual base of your snare drum so it is important to place it somewhere stable. The tripod’s structure itself should be stable. Double check the path, if there are unkempt wires and other items such as cords and plugs that are intertwined under your drum set. A slight tugging of these cords can spell disaster for you and your band so make sure you are not stepping on anything as you assemble your set.
- Attaching the tripod’s arm and legs. Once you have a suitable spot, start attaching the arm of your tripod which actually looks like an inverted tripod. screw it onto the snare drums as tightly as you can since this will serve as the anchor of your drums to the rest of your tripod. The arm will also let you make your snares as tight as possible, making the sound of your drums more crisp as you tighten it.
- Adjusting the tilt. Once you have the drums in place, angle it in such a way that it will be comfortable for you to hit it. This would mean that you need to have your seat in place, too. Adjust the tilt of the drums so that it would be natural for you to reach it. Make sure that you are in a comfortable spot since it will be tedious to adjust this midway into a performance.
When you all have these in place, try a few test beats to see if you are comfortable in the position and if you like the sound of your drums. Watch out for loose rattling sounds or small tears in your drums. Make sure that the other drums are positioned in place, too, before you start formally playing. Before you play, check the tilt and the positioning of the snare since the previous performer might have altered it according to his liking. Do not be afraid to adjust it since every performer has his preferences.