How to care for your skin drumhead

When your drum head is too tight or the pitch you are playing in is too high, try to place it in a cold place. When the pitch of the drum is stable, coat the drum head with a thin layer of beeswax.

It is more common to have problems with a drum head being too loose. This means that it will have quite a dead sound. The first thing you can try is to put the head side down onto a cloth heading pad at medium heat for 12 minutes. If this does not help, you will need to take further action. Use a cloth to get the skin head wet (inside and out) without getting any moisture on the rim. Place a wet 50-75mm square of cloth on the centre top of the head. Place in a warm place, with the wet cloth in place for 5 to 10 hours. Once the edge of the drum head is dry, remove the small wet cloth and let the drum dry in a warm location for a further 5 hours. The drum can not be played during this process.

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