Drums – Notation






Music Notation and the Importance of Counting & Singing




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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 25 years, 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.



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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


BT1:  Dynamic Markings


BT2:  Section & Ensemble Rhythm Figures – Long-note vs. Short-note interpretation


BT3:  Tempo Markings


BT4:  Song Form, Structure, and Navigation


PDF doc:  Melodic rhythm vs. Ostinato rhythms in a Drum-Set Groove    While you watch the Video


3-count Grooves in 3/4, 3/8, or 3/16 Meters


6-count Grooves in 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):






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




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