How To Get That Reversed Snare Sound

No Technology Necessary

When I was preparing David Crowder's "My Victory," I quickly realized that I had to get creative. When you listen to this song, pay attention to all of the production within this track. There are a lot of sampled sounds that you can't reproduce on an acoustic kit but there are some that you can get close to even if electronics aren't available. 

Rock the Reverse

In verse 2 we have a kick and snare groove that's pretty simple but layered with that snare is a reversed snare sound. So how do we get a reversed snare sound out of our kit on a Sunday morning? Man, I thought you'd never ask. For this particular song I am using a loose/dead tuning to get that "flat" sound to match the sampled sound we're hearing. I also have my snares loosened up a bit just to where they'll rattle more. Our snare hits are on beats 2 and 4, so we want to play a tight buzzed roll leading into those snare hits. While counting, the sixteenth notes are going to roll on the counts "&" and "uh" of 1.  Then just slam into beat 2. The same goes for the "&" and "uh" of 3, then slam into beat 4.

Build and Fine-Tune

Just be sure and crescendo as you roll into the hit and this will mimic that sound pretty close. You just have to take some time and play around with it a little. And there you have it! Give verse 2 a listen and practice with those loops. 

Josh Ward is a versatile drummer of 18 years and heavily involved with the worship team at Marcus Pointe Baptist Church in Pensacola, FL. He is a husband to Rosie, dad to Amos and drum instructor for

How To Get That Reversed Snare Sound

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