1. Put the drums in the appropriate range. 

Ranges

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You need to know what notes your drums can play. Putting the drums in the correct range help you know where to put the notes. And, because of the nature of balanced action pedals, the drums must be in proper range for the head tension and spring tension to properly work together.

2. Clear each head.

Clear

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Clear heads give your drums maximum resonance and a pure tone so you always sound your best.

3. Set the Tuning Gauges.

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Tuning gauges help you make quick tuning changes. You have to reset them after making any adjustments to the lugs.