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Reading Drum Notation

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You practically learned to read drum notation on the previous page when you were learning to play the rock beat.

Remember? It looked like this:

COUNT  1 2 3 4
      
R=RIGHT HAND  R R R R
L=LEFT HAND    L  
F=RIGHT FOOT  F    

The correctly written version of that beat pattern would look a little more like this:


Hear the Basic Rock Beat

Can you see how they resemble? The beat is read and played the same way. The right hand (cymbal) is written on the top line and the snare and bass lines are written on the center and bottom lines respectively. When one note falls below another on the staff then both notes are played at the same time.

Rock is most often written in 4/4 time like this:


Hear the Basic Rock Beat. Midi (audio) file only.

VIDEO: Click here to 'Play', see and hear the 8th rock video again.

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You are hearing two full measures of the pattern. Notice the double dots at the beginning and end of the measure. These are musical symbols indicating an indefinite number of repeats. In other words, play it over and over until it has been memorized.

Encouragement!

Reading drum notation can be a tedious affair. You will get better at it with a little practice. Don't try to go too fast, too soon. Slowly count the number of cymbal notes as you tap with your right hand, then gradually add the right foot and left hand as you relax and feel the flow of the rhythm. It will get a little easier with each repetition. Practice makes perfect! Move on to the next lessons when you feel you are ready.

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