Drum maintenance strategy - five things you need to know!

First of all, you have to take a closer look at the drums you played. In the intuitive vision, you first check the status of the drum, such as whether the drum is installed, whether the cymbal is very clean or not cracked, and all the parts are all ready. Every detail here is related to your tone.

If the drums are wrinkled. Then they may make a "Ziz" sound, or it may not sound right, let alone a tone. It is impossible to adjust the sound on such a drumhead. A very dirty cymbal can't make a good sound, its sound characteristics can't be played well, and it won't have a long sustain. The cracked bracts emit a "Ziz" sound at the crack, and their ability to extend the sound is greatly reduced. Parts that have been out of repair for a long time can also cause big problems. The drum is a resonant instrument that automatically amplifies any resonant sound.

First, drum installation and surface maintenance

Wipe the drum parts like sweat, water, beer or other liquids before drumming to shorten the life of your drum. The oil on your hands will erode the surface of the bracts and will tarnish the bracts. When you install or disassemble the drums, you just need to wipe them with a towel, which will protect them. Check all the parts to make sure they are all in good condition. You need to replace the mattresses frequently to ensure that the screws that hold the cymbals are well screwed onto the truss. The hi-hat racks and the hi-hat pedals require constant lubrication over a period of time to keep them in good motion.

If some springs have a harsh "Oops" sound, then you have to replace them. In fact, you'd better have some spare parts. But now the parts list will be very expensive to buy. Therefore, we recommend that you still maintain the parts well, which can save a lot of money. If you have a good love for your drum, your drum will have a good state and sound. For the surface of the drum, most of the high-grade drums are now wooden drums, the surface is made of baking varnish, and the metal frame is mostly surface-plated. This requires us to take care to prevent scratches in addition to temperature and humidity changes. The metal bracket should be protected from moisture and can be regularly applied to the surface with a special care oil to prevent rust.

Second, let the drum skin remain flexible

The "lower skin" can generally be used for a long time, but the "upper drum" is not necessarily the case. If possible, we recommend that you always change the "upper drum" to maintain its elasticity and good feel. It's terrible to use the dilapidated drums often without the sound, but also to destroy your hand.

Third, adjust the drum

In fact, it is not necessary to emphasize this point, because it is too important. We have heard many people playing very ugly voices on the drums of tens of thousands of dollars. This is because the drum is not carefully adjusted. At this time, it is necessary to use the drum key to adjust the tension of each drum screw. There is also a high-pitched relationship similar to the scale between the drum and the drum. The sound of the same drum on each different part is different. In order to achieve complete balance, it is best to let the professionals debug. Do not debug them by yourself to prevent the drums from being too cracked or too loose.

Fourth, the maintenance of the bracts

The best way to maintain the bracts is to try not to take the bracts directly with your hands. It is best to carry the bun with the gloves. If you use the hand to touch the bun for the stop sound, use it quickly after the performance. Dry cloth wipes the hand marks, it must be dry cloth, because each person's hand is sweaty, there are several elements in the hand sweat that are corrosive, and the moisture is the absolute cymbal killer, moisture and air. Oxygen and copper will slowly turn into green copper oxide after a long time, which is what we call patina.

One of the best treatments for sputum is to use special enamel care oil. It can alleviate the oxidation and corrosion of the surface of the bracts. It usually contains the components of vegetable oil. It does not damage the bracts, but it is only protective and clean. However, there is a kind of repairing solution that should be paid attention to. It is a enamel polish similar to the repair function. It is weakly acidic. The purpose of using it is to remove the alkaline oxide copper oxide on the surface of the cymbal. There will be copper in the sputum itself to participate in the reaction, each time the finish is bright as new, but statistics show that each time the simmering oil, the surface will lose 5%-8% of copper metal, the sputum will become harder and harder. It is getting crisper. If it is not very oxidized, it is not recommended to use enamel varnish. When storing and transporting the cymbals, place the cymbals in a dedicated cymbal bag or cymbal box.

Fifth, the correct method of tapping

The percussion of the drum should have a standardized posture, strength and scope. In addition to the improvement of the learner itself, it is also an important matter for the maintenance of the drum. The strength of the knocking should be controlled to the size and conform to the artistic conception of the track. The big force tapping has become vented on the drum, the sound is ugly and the damage to the drum skin is huge. The sound of a drum skin is different from the position of the tapping. Learn to control the strength. The range can make the music level and rhythm, and play a vital role in the maintenance of the drum.