Drums – Notation – BT5 – Straight, Flat, or Binary Notation Rhythms
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“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 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:
3/4 Waltz Meter:
4/4 Common Meter:
5/4 Odd Meter:
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.