Drums – Notation – BT5 – Straight, Flat, or Binary Notation Rhythms

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PDF doc:  Counting artificially-notated “Tuplets” (Duplets, Triplets, Quadruplets, Pentuplets/Quintuplets, Sextuplets, etc.)  –  While you watch the Video

 

 

“Straight-Time” Rhythm Charts:

 

 

 

 

Drummers can play these charts on snare drum only to improve their reading and concert band/orchestra skills!

 

Drummers can play them as drum-set fills around their kit.

 

Drummers can play them as crashes + bass drum, as if they were Big Band ensemble figure “kicks”, optionally adding setup fills – see Rhythmic Figures Notation & Interpretation.

 

Drummers can play them as accents (see “Accents” Notation above) with one hand as rim shots or rim clicks or as crashes/Time-keeper + bass, while filling-in the other subdivisions on the snare softly as ghost notes, or more loudly around the toms, or both!

 

Drummers can keep 1-3 limbs playing a steady Time-keeping Ostinato, while playing these charts as a “Melody Line” with a remaining limb (e.g., snare, bass, hi-hat foot, or even Time-keeper hand) – see Melody versus Ostinato.

 

Drummers can play 1 measure (bar) as a “Call/Question” with one limb (e.g., snare) and then repeat this “Melody Line” as a “Response/Answer” with another limb (e.g., bass) for 1 bar in to create an internal “Dialogue/Conversation,” thus creating a 2-bar phrase.  Or “Respond/Answer” by reading a different chart rhythm for the 2nd bar.  You can even change what limbs “Call/Question” and what limb will “Respond/Answer.”

 

Drummers can also play 1/2 bar (counts 1 & 2 columns) of “Call/Question” and “Respond/Answer” with the 2nd half (counts 3 & 4 columns).

 

Drummers can also play Count 1 column “Call/Question,” Count 2 column “Response/Answer,” Count 3 column “Call/Question,” and finally Count 4 column “Response/Answer.”

 

 

 

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2/4 March Meter:

 

 

PDF doc:  Every combo of the 1/16th-note “e, +, a, e+, +a, e    a, and e + a” counts with the 1/4-note counts for charts 1-29

 

 

 

3/4 Waltz Meter:

 

 

PDF doc:  Every combo of the 1/16th-note “e, +, a, e+, +a, e    a, and e + a” counts with the 1/4-note counts for charts 1-57

 

 

 

4/4 Common Meter:

 

 

PDF doc:  How to apply these charts

 

PDF doc:  A quick way to create 1/16-note rhythms

 

PDF doc:  Every combo of the 1/16th-note “e” count with the 1/4-note counts for charts 1-17

 

PDF doc:  Every combo of the 1/8th-note “+” counts with the 1/4-note counts for charts 18-34

 

PDF doc:  Another version of this + The Rhythmic-Energy Contours each creates

 

PDF doc:  Every combo of the 1/16th-note “a” counts with the 1/4-note counts for charts 35-51

 

PDF doc:  Every combo of the 1/16th-note “e +” counts with the 1/4-note counts for charts 52-68

 

PDF doc:  Every combo of the 1/16th-note “+ a” counts with the 1/4-note counts for charts 69-85

 

PDF doc:  Every combo of the 1/16th-note “e   a” counts with the 1/4-note counts for charts 86-102

 

PDF doc:  Every combo of the 1/16th-note “e + a” counts with the 1/4-note counts for charts 103-119

 

 

 

5/4 Odd Meter:

 

 

PDF doc:  Every combo of the 1/16th-note “e” count with the 1/4-note counts for charts 1-33

 

PDF doc:  Every combo of the 1/8th-note “+” counts with the 1/4-note counts for charts 34-66

 

PDF doc:  Every combo of the 1/16th-note “a” counts with the 1/4-note counts for charts 67-99

 

PDF doc:  Every combo of the 1/16th-note “e +” counts with the 1/4-note counts for charts 100-132

 

PDF doc:  Every combo of the 1/16th-note “+ a” counts with the 1/4-note counts for charts 133-165

 

PDF doc:  Every combo of the 1/16th-note “e   a” counts with the 1/4-note counts for charts 166-198

 

PDF doc:  Every combo of the 1/16th-note “e + a” counts with the 1/4-note counts for charts 199-231

 

6/4 Afro Meter:

 

Use the 3/4 Waltz Meter charts and combine them together for (3-3) phrasing.  Use the 2/4 March Meter charts and combine together for (2-2-2) phrasing.

 

 

 

7/4 Odd Meter:

 

Use the 3/4 Waltz Meter and 4/4 Common Meter charts and combine them together for (3-4) or (4-3) phrasing.  Use the 2/4 March Meter and 5/4 Odd Meter charts and combine together for (2-5) or (5-2) phrasing.

 

 

 

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