Posts in category: Reading Rhythmic Notation

How To Read Drum Music aka Learning Rhythmic Notation Part Two

How To Read Drum Music: The Basic Table of Time

Digging Deeper into Rhythmic Notation Last time we discussed some of the overall concepts of reading music for drummers. We’re still going to be working on the basics here, but this time we’re going to dig a little deeper. We’ll learn about the system that reading music resides in (measures, time signatures) and how that […]

How To Read Drum Music aka Learning Rhythmic Notation Part 1

How to Read Drum Music Part 1 Example 1

Reading Music? Why? Beginning drummers often ask the question, “do drummers need to read music?” Or, “how is reading music for drummers different from reading music for other musicians?” Here, in Part 1 of this series on how to read drum music, we’ll talk about some of that, but our primary focus will be learning […]

Understanding Half Note Triplets

Half Note Triplets

That quirky rhythmic figure–the half note triplet–has confounded beginning drum students (and music students in general) for eons. In this post, we’ll dispel the mystery by explaining everything you need to know. Let’s dive right in. To understand how the half note triplet works, you need to use the eighth note triplet as your guide. […]

Quick Recording Session Drum Charts

This past week I did a recording session with a great producer, Felix McTeigue, who I work with a lot. We tracked 4 songs in about 3 and a half hours. One of the secrets of being able to play a song “perfectly” on a session is to create a chart that can guide you […]