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How can a snare's activation be made quieter?

To directly answer your question, you need to control the snare's lever arm so that once you get past the point of most resistance, you're not pushing it too fast. In other words, push on both sides ...
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How do I get a short snare sound?

Snare resonator heads are supposed to be ridiculously thin. Don't worry about that. The best way to control the sustain of any drum is with tuning (it's also important for best tone). Snares also ...
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Is it bad to make a drums double stroke roll using the rebound?

At faster tempos, using the rebound of the drum to support the second stroke is the entire purpose of double strokes. There are pitfalls, however, that you may run into if you rely on the rebound, as ...
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Have I been teaching rolls wrong?

I wonder if you're both teaching only part of rolls. I don't see anything in your question about grip or technique, and the thing that unlocked rolls for me was using a technique where I change my ...
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What does Snares mean in Hip-Hop, how is it different from Bars?

It would be nice if you gave a timestamp or if you quoted what he mentioned about snares. Without addressing the video: A snare is a kind of drum, derived from the military marching drums, which ...
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What does Snares mean in Hip-Hop, how is it different from Bars?

A snare is a snare drum. It is the piece of a typical drum kit that is most often played on the second and fourth beats of a 4/4 time rock, pop, rap, hip-hop, R&B, etc. song. The snare has a high, ...
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Snare drum volume vs. chorus

Volume suggestions… Stick types, in volume order... Heavy sticks 2B Light sticks 7A Wood whacks/rods Thinner rods Brushes If the drum is too ringy, you can either tune it out, stick a piece of paper ...
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What is the difference between flams and drags, and flam drag?

Flam a grace note followed by an accent Drag two quick grace notes followed by an accent The amount of space between the two notes in a drag is somewhat subjective. Depending on whether you are ...
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Do drum skins crack?

Drum heads don't last for ever. Cracking is a standard failure mode. It may SOUND ok, but does it 'bounce' the same way when practicing rolls etc.? If so, carry on if you like. If you go on ...
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Do drum skins crack?

Drum heads stretch and degrade over time. Sometimes they crack. Sometimes they tear. Sometimes all the material in then batter head wears off. Replacing drumheads is normal and how often depends on ...
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What is "vertical sticking"?

Yes, "vertical sticking" involves playing the drum with the top or bottom of the stick while holding it vertically. There's a detailed tutorial that explains how to hold the stick and strike ...
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I can’t read my music that great, but if someone shows me how to play it,or if I listen to a video of it. I can play it well. Is there an issue?

It's the way many folk learn to play, on many different instruments. It's the way children learn many things - 'monkey see, monkey do' - no offence intended - I learn/ed a heck of a lot that way, and ...
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How do I get a short snare sound?

Out on a bit of a limb here, but dampen the top head, make sure the two heads are non resonant, and tighten the snare itself. Haven't played proper drums for decades, but that's the way I'd go.
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Are there 13¼" snare skins?

Remo makes their Classic Fit line which are made for "oversized drums made prior to the mid 60’s." They appear to be available in a 13" size. I'd assume other manufacturers have similar lines to ...
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Do drum skins crack?

I would add a different aspect to the existing answers. While, yes, drum heads crack eventually (I have yet to experience that), you might want to pay some attention to the reasons that lead there. ...
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Inverted Paradiddle

Paradiddle RLRR LRLL The Inverted version, can be though of as: first shifting the starting position of the paradiddle pattern by one position to the right : LRRL RLLR but then, because we want to ...
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Inverted Paradiddle

"Inversion" in music is sometimes closer to "rotation" ("chord inversions" in particular). The difference in the various paradiddles is the starting place, which is ...
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Is it bad to make a drums double stroke roll using the rebound?

It is not. But, in order to successfully learn how to properly do doubles, you also have to learn and practice as there was no rebound. In fact, both the videos you posted in the comments are ...
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Multiple grace note snare drum ornament

A four stroke ruff. It sounds similar to a drag, but with an extra grace note. There is also an alternative sticking of rllR or lrrL, which sounds basically the same (provided you don't crush the ...
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What does Snares mean in Hip-Hop, how is it different from Bars?

Bars are measures that music is divided into. Snares are sounds made by the snare drum. Not really related as such. However... Music in 4/4 time (the most commonly used) is divided into 4 beats in ...
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Inverted Paradiddle

In my mind rudiment inversions are akin to chord inversions. For example, with a C Major 7 chord (for an equal number of notes to invert) you would have C-E-G-B. Hopefully the following table ...
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How do I make the snare drum identical every single hit? (Garageband)

Usually, depending on the velocity (how hard you hit your piano key), the sound changes. So a very hard hit would be triggering a different sound than a soft stroke. If you found a sound you like, ...
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How do the parts of an '80's Pearl Export snare strainer come together?

One nut was gone in my original setup (or got lost when it disassembled itself :). All washers but the spring washer seems to have been put there by someone else than the manufacturer (since they ...
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Why do snare players only have one drum?

I'm not a percussion player. Hopefully you get an answer from an experienced percussionist or band director. My first thought was along the lines of Andy Bonner's comment: the snare drum may get the ...
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I can’t read my music that great, but if someone shows me how to play it,or if I listen to a video of it. I can play it well. Is there an issue?

Of course there's an issue. You are unable to use the most efficient method of accessing a new piece of music. Whether this issue hampers your chosen sort of music-making, only you can say. Do ...
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Why don't most high-tension marching snares have an inner hoop or any reinforcement on the snare side?

Most marching snares don't have a reinforcement ring simply because it isn't necessary. The drum can support the snare-side head just fine. Remember that snare side heads are very thin. Even the ...
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What does Snares mean in Hip-Hop, how is it different from Bars?

P.S.: In the video every 2 or 4 snares the rapper changes topic only holds when the drummer plays a "boring" rhythm, see below. It may fit well, being the best choice to make musically, ...
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I can’t read my music that great, but if someone shows me how to play it,or if I listen to a video of it. I can play it well. Is there an issue?

It seems to me many musicians are the same as you. They can play by ear but cannot read music. Do you want to be able to read music? The only thing I can think of that would be wrong is if you want to ...
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I can’t read my music that great, but if someone shows me how to play it,or if I listen to a video of it. I can play it well. Is there an issue?

There are lots of people who can play music but can't read it (or read poorly). This is a problem if you ever need to (or want to) read music. This is not a problem otherwise. As a snare drum player,...
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Snare drum tuning- "doofy" sound and 2 fundamentals, what causes this?

Drums respond very differently depending on where you hit them, how hard you hit them, what you hit them with, and so on. They're very dynamic instruments in every sense of the word. So I think the ...
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