Why do drummers put (duct) tape on their drums?

Asked by: John Cameron

A common technique for reducing the volume and ringing of drums and cymbals is to place duct tape on the drum head or cymbal. It can also reduce low rumble in toms and harmonics from an overly “live” drum or cymbal.

Why do drummers tape their drums?

Why do it? By adding gaffer tape of between 1 – 5 pieces around the drum head you can control the high-end tail of the hit, it can fatten the sound of the drum and decrease any resonance in any structural part of the drum kit as a whole. Simply put, it changes the sound and tone of the drums.

Why do people put tape on their snares?

It reduces volume, but usually the desired effect is to remove excessive ringing. If you listen to the snare on the St. Anger record by Metallica, you’ll hear the type of sounds some drummers want to mitigate with the use of tape or other dampers. This technique can be used on toms too.

Why do you put a pillow in a bass drum?

The bass drum will eventually sound dead and flat – not what you want. The trick is to put a small amount of muffling in there. Try placing one pillow or blanket resting on the bottom of the drum. This way you get bit more control of the air flow, as well as the resonance on the drum head without killing the sound.

Why do drummers cross their arms?

Why Do Drummers Cross Their Arms? Many drummers cross their arms to allow their dominant hand to strike the hi-hat which is which is most frequently used. The hi-hat is usually placed to the left of the drummer and if right-handed, their dominant hand will need to cross over. Open-handed drumming can also be used.

How can I make my drums sound deeper?

You've got a transfer of energy in terms of the air being moved from the batter head to the reso. Head that's taking place a little bit faster.

How do you stop drum ringing?

The placement and amount of tape matters: Tape drumheads near the edge to reduce overtones, but still allow for some focused sustain. This is the usually the best place to put tape on drumheads, especially on the batter head. You’ll keep some tone, but stop some of the drum ringing.

What do drummers hear in their earpiece?

Most commonly, the drummers listen to something called “click sound” on their headphones. Drummers use a click sound to keep in time and on the song’s beat while recording in the studio or at live concerts.

Why is the drummer always in the back?

Drummers are placed in the back of the stage due to their equipment being less mobile. One of the most common reasons is the sizeable bulky drum set is a little easier to set up and move when it’s in the back. Also, the sound from drums echoes off the back wall allowing it to be heard more easily across the room.

Why do drummers wear gloves?

Drum gloves serve a couple of purposes. They prevent annoying blisters, absorb shock from the impact of your sticks, improve your grip, and some argue that they look cool. Another use for drum gloves is for those with dry skin that cracks easily. Playing the drums with this type of pain can be very difficult.

How do drums get big sounding?


Compression is when you lessen the dynamic gap between quietest and loudest signals of an audio signal. If you’re working with live drums, you can use compression to make the kit feel like its all moving together and sounding bigger as a whole.

What do e rings do on drums?

The E-ring is an easy-to-use external overtone control ring which “floats” on the surface of a drumhead. It rounds out and flattens the drumhead’s sound and allows for easier tuning. These are great for toning down that ringing drum.

Why are drums called toms?

The first American drum set toms had no rims and were usually what were referred to as “Chinese” tom toms. The pigskin heads were tacked to the wooden shells with metal tacks.

How long do drum heads last?

They recommend always changing your drum heads before you start recording. Otherwise, if you’re just practicing and playing normally, you should find yourself replacing heads every six months or so. Six months isn’t a hard rule, and for some could be a risky amount of time to wait.

Do you need to read music to play drums?

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.

Can you use a snare as a tom?

I had to do something with it now I always used the side snare. And I saw a lot of drummers out there using like deep snares.

What are tom fills?

It's between the snare. It's on the floor tom. You can use it in a groove it sounds pretty cool it's kind of moody. It's got a bit of a melodic kind of feel to it.

Is a floor tom necessary?

Toms are an essential part of drum set musicality and a lot of fun to play. We’ve already talked about the snare and bass drum in previous articles. So, the toms are the remaining drums that are mounted above the bass drum or suspended by legs.