How To Read Drum Sheet Music


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How To Read Drum Sheet Music

  1. 1. ==== ====To get 5 free drum lessons from an expert drummer and teacher, check this out: ====Do you struggle reading drum sheet music, whether you find tabs on the internet or real drummusic from a book or magazine? You might see them as a bunch of random lines and strangesymbols? If this is the case you are right, they are. Let me burst the music bubble right now, thosestrange meaningless lines, dots and symbols are the language of music that is the key thatunlocks the door to your favorite songs and bands.There are really two types of drum sheet music.1. Traditional Drum Music Notation2. Drum Tabs found on the internetDrumming TabsThese tabs have become very popular over the last 10 years and you will find them exclusivelyonline at drum, guitar and bass sites mainly. They have become so popular because the authorcan produce the tabs for free and are notated without the need to buy expensive software. Anyoneviewing the tabs needs no software at the other end and thus creates a great partnership. Tabsrepresent the division of the beat with small dashes, these dashes also serve as the five linestave. The drum elements are written with circles or the letter o, hi-hats and cymbals are read witha x. Each drum or cymbal is written almost in the same way as traditional notation, I say almost!The main problem with drum tabs is that it is very hard to write or indeed read the music with anydegree of accuracy. The biggest problem is representing rhythmic values. I have had manystudents bring tabs that they want to learn, as a drum teacher your hands are tied unless youknow the song and can work out the rhythms of the drum part elements. There is however a fareasier way to read drum sheet music....Learning To Read Traditional Drum NotationTradition tabs are written on sheet music manuscript paper or with notation software. The drawback to software is that they are usually expensive to buy and a steep learning curve is required tomaster the software. Some software requires the end user to also have the program to see themusic. Other programs allow the drum music to be published with PDF programs which makes lifeeasier for the end user. The obvious plus is that the drum tabs are much clearer and far easier toread than Word Document tabs.If you visit the site below you will find lots of examples of drum music written out using dedicatedsoftware. You will also find lessons that teach you how to read drum music. Its actually very easy!
  2. 2. Basically each element of the drum set has its own line or space. The notes towards the bottom ofthe five line stave are for low drums such as the bass drum. Generally notes at the top of the staveare for the cymbals. The notes themselves look like piano music and each symbol represents adifferent note length, this allows you to understand the exact drum rhythm of the music.This is what is best about these tabs the rhythms can be precisely notated. If you are a drummerlearning to play you need to develop your skills when you read drum rhythms. It is an essential toolfor any musician, with a little effort anyone can learn to read notation very easily and it will open upyour world to the music you love and want to play.If you want to learn more about the drums and are interested in learning from a reliable website fullof helpful advice why not check out Drum Lessons Beginners, youll find a host of helpful articles,drum lessons and course reviews.Darren writes articles related to drum lessons for beginners. He has a site that offers free adviceand free training to anyone wishing to learn how to play the drums.He has worked as a drum teacher for many years and more recently has had success in writingmusic for TV and multi-media based companies.Darren works from his studio in the south of England.Article Source: ====To get 5 free drum lessons from an expert drummer and teacher, check this out: ====