However, with drumming notation, it can be anywhere from one line to 5 lines. You can refer back to this chart anytime you need to check which rest is which. Standard music, with melodic instruments, comes with 5 lines. Confusingly, straight after you see that pause button, get ready to play! So if a crotchet is worth a beat of music and a quaver is worth ½ a beat, how much do you think a semiquaver is worth? This is usually as a standard double stroke roll. The note value of a rest tells you how long that rest is for. Frank Zappa famously wrote a piece called ‘The Black Page’. This is a comprehensive set of drum notes: Source: Drum Magazine. Sign up to our free newsletter ‘The Beat Breakdown’ and learn a beat every day for 10 days. It’s time to put what you’ve learned to the test as you make your own drum beat using just crotchets. In fact, clearly understanding this musical language is a drumming superpower. If you’re writing them on paper, try and imagine what they would sound like using the examples above as a reference. If you have a favourite song that features this common beat, let us know in the comments! Have a re-read of the time signature section and let us know if you have any questions. For every size note, there is an equivalent size rest. Music is written on a music staff, which features five parallel horizontal lines. A quarter-note naturally divides into two eighths, but if you want to divide it into thirds, you need to use an eighth-note triplet. If you said a ¼ a beat, you’re killing this. It’s crucial to know – every drum has its own special place on the staff. This drum beat is unbelievably popular, and almost every drummer will have been exposed to it. Rolls (32nd-note)—Three slashes through a note indicate that the drum should be struck repeatedly at 32nd note intervals. If you don’t put the note on the right line or in the right space, drummers will play something entirely different to what you intended. We want to be able to read through our music quickly and easily while playing a song, which is what makes the staff so important. Or what if I reversed the snare and bass drums to create something very different from what we’re used to hearing? When a drummer (perhaps you’ve done it yourself) shouts at the start of a song ‘1, 2, 3, 4!’, they are paying homage to the humble crotchet. You’ve just learnt one of the most valuable skills that a drummer could possibly have. I know you’re ready to get started learning drum sheet music and I promise it’s on its way! We will be placing all of our drumming ideas onto five lines known as the staff (pronounced ‘stave’, like the word ‘rave’). A note’s length/value tells you how long that note lasts in the music. It’s finally time to plot out and read your first drum beat! In fact, this pattern is the foundation behind many of the different drum grooves that we play. An eighth-note triplet is written as three eighth-notes beamed together with a number three above them. They don’t have to come one after the other, for example. Repeat signs are used to abbreviate a piece of music and minimize page turns. You’d notice that the drums played with your hand (using the drumsticks), would be located higher on the stave. In short, it tells you when not to play. Every rest makes the notes surrounding it stand out more to the listeners’ ears. No-one wants to sit around writing out squiggles that feel completely detached from the music that they love to play. Learn to Read Drum Music – Part 6 – Dotted Notes Explained Posted by Duran Ritz on November 19, 2017 November 19, 2017 Posted in Articles , Learn to Read Drum Music What’s up Drummers! Either on Guitar Pro, or on a sheet of paper, write out 2 of your own drum beat ideas using the template I’ve given you. Everyone is taking their time with each note. It’s recommended that you take about a grade a year, so if you’ve been playing for a couple of years, you might want to have a go at grade 2. You can check in to see if you made any mistakes, and it really speeds up your learning curve. Sometimes you’ll see a note or a rest with a small dot written next to it. Good luck in your drum sheet music reading and most importantly, don’t forget to have fun! The Basic Drum Key below is a quick-reference for the most commonly used notations. Well to make it into a quaver, all you have to do is stick a little flick on the end, like so: If you have two quavers in the same beat, you join them together in a little bridge, like this: You’ll most commonly find quavers hanging out on the hi-hat line of drum sheet music, but they also add great variety to snare and bass rhythms. If you’ve just started playing drums, the debut grade might be your best option.