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snare

  1. A group of gut strings, metal wires or thin coated cables that are typically attached to the bottom drum head on a snare drum that vibrate against that head when the top drum head is struck with a drumstick. This produces a distinctive rattle or buzzing sound that accompanies the percussive strike of the drumstick. The tension of the strings, wires or cables can be adjusted to be either tight against the drum head or loose. A tight tension produces a crisp sound that decays quickly and a looser tension produces a longer delay in the sound.

  2. A common nickname for the snare drum.