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22 SIMPLE DRUM HACKS | You Can Do Right Now

April 6, 2017

 

22 SIMPLE DRUM HACKS  | You Can Do Right Now! 

Hello again everyone! 

Here is a round up of simple drum hacks that you can do right now using everyday household items or parts from your drum kit. 

Some of these you may have seen before but there is sure to be a few in here you have not tried! 

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1.  Tea Towel Snare Dampening 

 

 

 

Every house has a tea towel...right? 

This hack is a great way to achieve a sound commonly used in 60/70's recordings. A muffled sound with little to no resonance. 

HOW: Simply lay the towel over the head of the snare drum and play as your normally would. 

Why not try folding the tea towel in half to give the drum room to 'breathe'. This will give you more control over the amount of muffling is applied to the drum. 

 

 

 

 

2.  Duct Tape Sound Control 

 

 

Im sure if you look hard enough you'll find some duct tape around the house (or garage). 

Drummers tend to use duct tape to a similar affect as hack 1. Duct tape is strategically placed to eliminate ringing and sustain of each head. It can also be used in a similar way to muffle the drum head. 

HOW: Place duct tape near the hoop of the drum and apply 1 or 2 folds. 

 

 

 

 

 

3. The 'BFSD' Sound

Finally!!.... a way to make use for those old drums heads. 

Now this is a great way to get that FAT drum sound similar to the Big Fat Snare Drum sound. This is a sure way to get your snare sounding deep no matter the depth of the drum. 

 

HOW: Simply turn your old drum head upside down and place it on the top of your snare drum. It's that simple.

 

Here's an example 

 

 

 

 

4. Wallet Muffling 

 

Now this one is one of my favourites.

 

This techniques is so quick and easy and is applied to many styles of playing.

  

HOW: Placing your wallet on the snare drum at the furthest point away from gives just that bit more muffling that hack 3.  Open your wallet and put one half on the drum and the other hanging over the edge of the snare to prevent the wallet sliding. 

 

This demo shows how it works.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Drumhead Drum Clock 

 

 

 

 

Now this one you may need a few extras.. 

- Clock Mechanism from £1.99 on Ebay
- Strong Glue

This makes a great addition to your drum room, teaching room or studio and its really easy to make. 

HOW: Find the centre of the drum head and cut a small hole just big enough to fit the mechanism rod through. Glue the clock mechanism to the back of the drum head and attach clock arms. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Homemade Sizzle Cymbals

 

 

 

Sizzle for dayssss..

 

Now I'm sure you have seen this one before but isn't it great! You can have that signature jazz sound on any cymbal you want. 

HOW: Use an old bath chain or any small balled chain and attach to cymbal thread on top of cymbal. Alternatively you can glue the chain to a cymbal felt for simple application.

 

Don't want to make your own ? Buy them here.