Drum Notation and Counting & Singing Rhythm – Spirit Music Meet-Ups
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Video: Transcribing What You Hear into Music Notation
Video: 3 ways to Musically Notate the same rhythm or Groove and which is best for your song
Video: HOW-TO notate Drum Fills – Using a Time Grid to match what you hear to Subdivisions of the Beat
Video: Simple, quick method of creating a Drum Chart for a song to spend more time practicing than charting
Video: Hand-Drum Music Notation of Notes, Rhythms, Tones, and Sticking for charting songs or learning
The Importance of Counting & Singing Rhythm:
Video: Notation – First get pre-programmed: See, Hear, Count-Sing, Feel, and then Play as You Say
Video: Notation – See, hear, and feel to Ride the Wave of the Groove – Counting & Singing to pre-program
Making music is an “inside job” – you first have to get music “inside” you to be able to get it “outside” of you with your drumming. In order to be physically coordinated to drum, you must first get mentally coordinated. After teaching drums full-time since 1998, I found the fastest way to learn (and the closest to real-world composition in a band) is by using both your left brain to Count the rhythms and your right brain to Sing them – and to do this out of your mouth, because all those moving parts use so much more of your brain! As you Count & Sing you are “putting the spotlight” on the “singer at the front of the stage” and your body will auto-magically “back up that singer” that is you – just like a band does for a show! I teach “Focus is power – Focus is fire,” because just like a magnifying glass can focus scattered sunlight into a pinpoint of fire, your Counting & Singing will help focus past so many distracting thoughts to succeed more quickly at your drumming.
PDF doc: My Counting & Singing Method will really speed up your learning – While you watch the Video
Video: What & When to Play Notation – Part 1
Video: What & When to Play Notation – Part 2
Video: What & When to Play Notation – Part 3
BT2: Section & Ensemble Rhythm Figures – Long-note vs. Short-note interpretation
BT4: Song Form, Structure, and Navigation
PDF doc: Melodic rhythm vs. Ostinato rhythms in a Drum-Set Groove – Watch the Video
3-count Grooves in 3/2, 3/4, 3/8, or 3/16 Meters
6-count Grooves in 6/2, 6/4, 6/8, or 6/16 Meters
How Binary Rhythms (2, 4, 8, etc. parts) relate to Ternary Rhythms (3, 6, 9, etc. parts) and other artificial Tuplets (5, 7, etc. parts):
Video: Column 1 Subdivisions – Part 1: 1/4-notes into 1/8-notes & 1/8-note Triplets as Time-Keeping for Grooves
Video: Column 1 Subdivisions – Part 2: 1/8-notes into 1/16-notes & 1/16-note Triplets and smaller Tuplets as Time-Keeping for Grooves
Video: Normal & Artificial (Tuplet) Time Signature/Meter Note-Grouping affecting the Measure/Bar’s Internal Phrasing
See also “Rhythmic-Energy Contours based on Note-Density creates Internal Phrasing” on the Groove & Ear-Training Page
PDF doc: Artificially-notated “Tuplets” (Duplets, Triplets, Quadruplets, Pentuplets/Quintuplets, Sextuplets, etc.) – While you watch the Video
BT5: Straight, Flat, or Binary Notation Rhythms
BT6: Swung, Rounded, or Ternary Notation Rhythms
Video: Drum-Tech-Stick Control- Subdivisions of Time using Singles & Doubles – U of A Drumline drills
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