Importance of snare drums

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Post 15 Jul 2019

After so many years of producing dance music I have finally discovered the importance of snare drums. I have always loved claps as opposed to snares for the 2 and 4, but have spent over a decade without understanding how great snares are for adding groove to drums when placed off beat.

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Post 15 Jul 2019

One snare rules them all
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Post 15 Jul 2019

I always thought claps were silly but functional. A tight piccolo snare sounds more interesting.
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Post 15 Jul 2019

motuscott wrote:
15 Jul 2019
One snare rules them all
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Ha, my first snare in the 7th grade - still awesome after all these years. ❤️🥁
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Post 16 Jul 2019

Damn Selig, I got mine for jr high school band as well. Still my fave!
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Post 16 Jul 2019

motuscott wrote:
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Damn Selig, I got mine for jr high school band as well. Still my fave!
Great now I'm listening to youtube videos of people playing on different snare drums with different tunings. Rabbit holes everywhere, man. Gotta work.
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Post 16 Jul 2019

motuscott wrote:
16 Jul 2019
Damn Selig, I got mine for jr high school band as well. Still my fave!
Is that yours in the pic? It's in great shape if so. Did you get the crazy curved hard plastic case too?

As a drummer, snares have always been important. I've always been a huge "backbeat" guy too, with 4-on-the-floor being a pattern that puts less emphasis on the snare/backbeat because there''s always a kick hitting at the same time. So you don't have to pay as much attention to the snare because it's never heard on it's own - it's more of a "supplement" to the kick than a sound on it's own.

Plus, becoming an engineer in the 80s meant "big snare" had to be in your bag of tricks. And while we had plenty of drum machines and CMIs etc, there was still lots of real drums (or a combination of both) to record, which means you gotta get good snare sounds (although personally, kick sounds were always easier for me to get in the studio).
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Post 16 Jul 2019

The pic is off the internet. My snare has all kinds of sweat rust damage on the rims, but not the alloy shell.
The case still lives!
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motuscott wrote:
16 Jul 2019
The pic is off the internet. My snare has all kinds of sweat rust damage on the rims, but not the alloy shell.
The case still lives!
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Damn, brings back some sweet memories (and my handle also broke). Lugged that thing back and forth to school for many years…
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Post 16 Jul 2019

Yeah, on the school bus PITA.
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