Believe it or not, replacing a drum head is much easier than you think!
You may be wondering: Why on earth would I replace my drum head?
Well, there are a few reasons, but the most common ones are:
-The drum head is broken
-The drum head can no longer be tuned properly
-The head has a ton of dents, and is not “bouncy” anymore!
At the end of the day, replacing a broken drum head is easier than stuffing a blanket in your bass drum to make it sound better!
Simply follow the 8 steps that are listed in the post...
I would recommend removing the drum from the rack prior to completing these steps. Doing so will make it much easier to work with the drum shell, as you will be able to turn it and move it around!
1. Use A Drum Key To Loosen Each Of The Bolts That Are Holding The Drum Head To The Shell
You’ll notice that there are a number of bolts around the rim of the drum. These are the bolts that hold the rim and head onto the drum shell.
The first step simply involves using a drum key to loosen each of those bolts! The goal here is not to completely loosen them; but rather, it is to loosen them to the point that will allow you to unscrew them with your finger!
2. Use Your Finger To Unscrew All of The Bolts And Put Them Aside
The second step is pretty much an extension of the first step. You must use your finger to completely unscrew all of the bolts that are being used to hold the drum head onto the shell.
Be sure to keep them in one spot because you will need them to put the new drum head on!
You should also place them on a napkin or paper because they will probably be a little bit greasy!
3. Remove The Rim That Was Holding The Drum Head Down
This is the easiest step in replacing a broken drum head! Now that all of the bolts have been removed, simply remove the rim that was holding the drum head down! Keep the rim somewhere safe, preferably near the bolts, because you will be using it in a minute!
4. Remove The Broken Drum Head From The Shell
Now that the bolts and rim have been removed from the drum, simply take the broken head and discard it. You can pretty much do whatever you want with it, but I would recommend throwing it in the garbage because a broken skin is pretty much useless!
5. Put The New Drum Head On The Shell
Take the new skin that you purchased, and place it over the drum! You’ll know that you purchased the right sized drum head if the outer edge of it lines up with the outer edge of the actual drum!
If the edges of the head and shell don’t line up, you should head back to the music store to find the appropriate size!
When replacing a broken drum head, it is important to keep all of the bolts and rim in a safe place...these next few steps are where that precaution will come in useful!
6. Place The Rim Over The Head....It Will Be Used To Secure And Tune The Drum Head
Take the rim that you had put aside in step #3, and place it over the new drum head that you had put on. As I had stated before, the rim should line up with the drum head that you have chosen.
Try to center the rim as much as possible, and make sure that the bolt positions line up with the ones on the drum shell!
7. Finger Tighten Each Of The Bolts
Take the bolts that you had put aside, and place finger tighten them in each of the holes on the drum rim.
You don’t have to tighten them to the point of hurting your finger; however, they should be tight enough to hold the rim and head on top of the drum!
8. Use The Drum Key To Tighten Each Of The Bolts Down To The Proper Tension
You’re almost done!
The final step involves using the drum key to tighten each of the bolts.
The tension will completely depend on how you wish to tune your drum, but I would highly recommend tightening each of them as much as possible, and then loosening them to your liking!
Tightening them all the way down will allow your new drum head to stretch. This stretching will produce a more accurate sound when trying to tune the drum!
As you can see, replacing a broken drum head is not as hard as it sounds!
I have broken the process down into 8 steps; however, most of the steps take less than 1 minute to complete, so the entire process of replacing a drum head can usually be done in less than 10 minutes!