What pitches are marching band bass drums tuned to?



Asked by: Kara Oliver

If you use five drums, you might try 18-20-22-24-28. For four drums, consider 18-20-22-26 or 20-22-24-28 or 18-20-24-28. For three drums, try 18-22-26 or 20-24-28. Remember: Each size has a relatively small “inherent” pitch range.

What note is a bass drum tuned to?





There is no specific note that all bass drums are tuned to. Not all Bass drums even have an discernible tone. Motown drummers are the first thing I think of when I think of musical sounding kick toms, but a lot of bands are simply looking for impact and not musical quality. Alot of drummers don’t tune their drums.

What pitch does a bass drum have?

The bass drum, or kick drum, is a large drum that produces a note of low definite or indefinite pitch. The instrument is typically cylindrical, with the drum’s diameter much greater than the drum’s depth, with a struck head at both ends of the cylinder.

What note should a marching snare be tuned to?

Marching Bass Drums



Bass drums in a set are usually tuned a minor third to a perfect fifth apart to give a feeling of melodic movement between drums.

How should bass drums be tuned?

You can tell just by pressing down how much pressure you're putting on it. So it's pretty even around there that's a pretty good tuning right there you don't want it get your bass drum tuned.

What pitch should drums be tuned to?





A good pitch relationship for the drum heads is to tune the lug pitch of the bottom head a perfect fifth higher than the top head (1.5 times higher in frequency, see Appendix).

What are drums usually tuned to?

The thin, sensitive bottom (resonant) head is generally tuned higher than the batter head, to deaden the tendency for lengthy, ringing resonance. The resonant head on a 14-inch snare drum is tuned to a range of 330–391 Hz (E4 to G4), depending on the overall tuning of the drum kit.

Is a bass drum tuned or untuned?

Untuned percussion

Untuned percussion instruments include the bass drum, side drum, anvils, triangles and jingles. The bass drum makes a massive sound. Even when the full orchestra is playing above it, you can still feel its power.

Is the bass drum pitched or Unpitched?

Non-Pitched Percussion instruments are what most people call drums. They do not necessarily have a definite pitch. Non-pitched percussion instruments include snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, tambourine, triangle and many others.



Do drums need to be in Key?

While it’s not required, some drummers use two drum keys when tuning drum heads so they can tune opposing sides of the head at the same time, giving them equal tension.

Do drums have definite pitch?

When we refer to definite pitch, we mean a sound that can be discerned from other sounds. The percussion instruments that clearly have a definite pitch include the xylophone, marimba, and drum.

Do drummers play notes?

While other instruments have melodic notes, drums only have rhythmic notes. These rhythmic notes are broken down into subdivisions and laid out on a bar when a percussion clef is used. Many drummers learn to play by reading drum notes.



Do drums have chords?

“Well you know, they chords on the guitar and drums differ. It`s not the same but they are chords!”. Tell them to play drum chords if they can’t explain. Just remember that there are no boring scales, just boring players.

What does F mean on drums?

o = strike or normal hit. O = accent or hit harder than normal. g = ghost or hit softer than normal. f = flam or two strokes hit by alternating hands with the first hit being a grace note followed by a stronger first hit with the other hand.

Do most drummers read music?

You don’t need to read music to play drums. In fact, there are many professional (and legendary) drummers who don’t read music, but who have made a career in music. If you can learn by listening and by ‘feeling’ the rhythm, reading music is just the cherry on top.