What kind of snare head should I use?
Coated heads are great for snare drums and critical if you play with brushes. You can't get that beautiful sandpaper kind of sound with a clear snare head and brushes. Coated heads on toms tend to make the drums a bit warmer, while clear tom heads will give you more attack. The same goes for your kick drum.
Still, how tight should a snare drum head be?
For most styles, you want the snare-side head very tight. Not only does it give you that nice crack that most of us love, but you get the added benefit of greater response from the head. Loose snare heads have a place, too.
Nevertheless, does changing drum heads make a difference?
Jazz drummers tend to prefer a warmer sound so they often choose two-ply drum heads. Rock drummers, on the other hand, looking for a brighter, louder sound will often pick one-ply. The difference between coated and non-coated drum heads is that coated heads provide a warm, focused sound.
Moreover, does snare resonant head matter?
Sound-wise, 3mil resonant snare drumheads give slightly more depth and body to your snare drum sound compared to a thinner 2mil head. They allow more energy to be transferred to the drum shell, which gives more volume to each stroke.
Thereof, can you use batter heads as resonant heads?
Re: Could you use batter heads on the resonant side of the drum? To answer your question, yes you can use the same head on the reso side as you are using on the batter side.
Similarly, what causes snare buzz?
Often, snare buzz is caused by a rack tom being tuned too close in pitch to your snare drum.You should be able to find out which head is tuned too close to your snare that way. Once you know which head is the problem, you can TRY to change its pitch far enough away from your snare tuning to eliminate the buzz.
Indeed, how long should a snare head last?
Re: how long does you snare head last? About every 3-6 months for the batter side (sooner if I don't like the head). I replace the snare side about every third batter side change.
Thus, why do drummers remove bottom heads?
To make it easier to tune - one head instead of two. Possibly to place a mic under the batter head to get more attack rather than resonant tone from the drum (i.e. the concert tom sound mentioned by Radio King).
Next, how often should I tune my drums?
Professional touring musicians tune their drums often, at least twice a week, so the drums they play can sound their best for every performance. In the drum corps world, drummers sometimes play for 10 or more hours a day, and it's not uncommon to tune a drum twice in the same day.