Snares to suit your style
Posted: 7 July 2020
Updated: 22 September 2022
Snare drums come in all different shapes and sizes, each with its own sonic properties. With a quick change of snare, you can cater your kit to perfectly match the music you’re playing. We wanted to help you to mix up your snare sounds and share what snare is best for each situation.
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The snare is the centrepiece of your kit. It provides a pulse and tempo to your playing, as well as being used for accents. A snare drum is typically about 14” in diameter and features one head on top and one on the bottom. The snares itself are metal wires that are most commonly attached to the bottom heads.
The snares can be tightened to give a bright, snaping sound when the drum is struck, or loosened to have a deeper, thicker sound. Most snare drums feature a snare mount allowing for the snares to be loosened so that they don’t actually come into contact with the bottom head, and so instead the drum sounds a high-pitched tom. The benefit of a snare mount is that a drummer can switch between sounds in the middle of performing.