Mike Piazza (baseball player)
How to get a great snare drum sound: (since there are many percussion instruments, I picked snare, and gave you some links for other percussion instruments)
• Play in the middle with your hands even. Check your grip. Your hands should form an upside down V in proper position.
• Use wrist and fingers, not full arm.
• Keep shoulders down and relaxed.
• Your drum should be a little higher than your waist when you are standing behind it.
• If the top head shows wrinkles, or can be pushed in easily, you should use your drum key and tighten each lug ¼ to ½ a turn. Use the cross tuning method.
• Make sure your snares are not loose and rattling. They are the metal wires across the bottom drum head. Use a small screwdriver to adjust the screws on the throw-off (on the side), pull the snares tight, and tighten the screws.