Taking proper care of your drums is the best way to make them last. The more you change the skins, the better you maintain your drums, the better they will sound and the longer their lifespan will be.
This doesn’t only apply to your snare and your tom tom drums; it applies to your bass drum as well. Your bass drum needs just as much care and attention as any other part of your kit.
In this article, we will go over how to change the skin of your bass drum, step by step.
All of these steps rely on you taking the time to measure your drum head to assure that you will be purchasing a drum head that will fit your bass drum.
This can be done with an ordinary measuring tape. Be sure to write down the exact measurements, and don’t round unless the product tells you to, or gives you a range and your bass drum measurements fall within that range.
You will obviously need a drum skin in order to change your drum skin. The best way to choose the drum skin that is right for you is to research according to (a) you drum set type, (b) your music style choice, (c) your type of pedal, whether that be double bass, single bass, or two single basses, and (d) your playing style, including the amount of force you use, and (e) your budget.
Take the old skin off of your bass drum and either throw it out, or get it out of the room. This helps to avoid confusion in step three.
Lay the bass drum flat, the side up on which the skin was removed. Place the drum head on top of the bare drum, fitting the edged perfectly. If it helps, try using a measuring tape to assure that your drum head is the proper length.
Fit the bass ring over to hold the skin in place. Make sure that you have the ring on properly, and don’t try to shove it down too hard, as you don’t want to risk tearing the new drum head.
Fasten the bass drum ring on to the bass drum. Use each of the fasteners that were provided with your kit. Tighten them to hand strength. Don’t try and tighten them too much as you’ll risk tearing the skin and stripping the screws.
Only you know your desired tone. Tune your drum head to your personal preference. Remember not to tighten too much too fast, as it can cause tearing. You want to tune slowly, checking the pitch after each adjustment. For an in depth look, read this article on bass drum tuning.
Now that you know how to change the skin of your drum head, you can keep your drum maintained and prolong its lifespan. Change the bass drum skin every sixth months for a fresh tone, and to keep your kit in top shape.
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