How do I tune a drumhead?

Drummers use different tuning methods depending on their preferences, although it breaks down to three formulas: 1) Tune the top batter head higher than the bottom resonant, 2) tune the bottom resonant head higher than the top batter, and 3) tune both heads evenly. While the tension of both heads will affect both pitch and tone, the tension of your resonant head generally plays a large role in the pitch and resonance of the drum while the tension of the top head generally plays a large role in the feel of the drum and serves to fine-tune the pitch. For more details, see How To Tune Drums In Four Steps.

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