Tom Tamer

Add this technique to the tacs and tape in your tom toolbox.

I get asked a good bit about dampening options and what's the best product. Here's another trick to dampen your rack tom. 

When I'm in the studio tracking, sometimes it's easiest to just grab a roll of gaff tape to find the sound we're looking for. Other times, I use drumtacs a good bit, the snare weight, and of course, the Big Fat Snare Drum. 

Snare Stand-up Tom-edian

As you've probably noticed, I use a snare stand to hold my rack tom.  A lot of you probably do as well, as this method has become quite popular. Try turning the adjustment for the basket to where it cradles your tom a little tighter and listen as it dampens the sound of that rack tom. Or, if you drum is too dead, loosen it up a bit to get a little more resonance. If you do this you might not even need tape, gels, dots, rigs, tacs or big fat anythings! Give it a shot and let me know what you think in the comments below.

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

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It helped me a lot. My drums sound a lot better


Glad to hear it worked for you!!