Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Drum part, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Instructor] Drum set parts have their own idiomatic…needs and practices.…As the purpose is more often to indicate ideas,…rather than notate a specific part from beginning to end.…This allows the drummer to customize a part…to their strengths and to the performance.…So, just to review,…the general mapping for how we put drum set instruments…on the percussion stave…looks like this where we have the HiHat foot…on an x note head below the staff,…and then, we go through the drums…written through the staff.…
Then, progressing to cymbals,…again with x note heads on the top part of the staff…or above the staff.…With this notation in the X note heads, you should…note that we can indicate shorter…and longer values by the stem and…by use of a diamond note head as we go to…half note and whole note, and then some of the instruments…have alternate note head when you're to…articulate or play the note in a different way.…For example, if you were just going to…pop the Snare drum in the center, you just…put a conventional note head,…
It starts with notating pitch (clefs) and duration, including note lengths and rests. He moves into discussing flats, sharps, naturals, and key signatures, and the unique symbols for musical expression, including dynamics and articulations. He goes over notating chords and chord progressions, and the addition of vocals and lyrics. The course wraps with some score formatting tips and notation examples for piano, guitar, and drums, which pull together all the information into complete, publication-worthy pieces of sheet music.
- Notating pitch with clefs
- Notating duration
- Adding time signature and bars
- Using dots and ties
- Modifying pitch
- Notating scales
- Communicating expressions such as tempo and performance
- Notating chord progressions
- Notating vocals and lyrics
- Formatting a score
Skill Level Beginner
1. Notating Pitch
2. Notating Duration and Rhythm
3. Modifying Pitch and Scales
4. Communicating Expression
5. Notating Form
6. Notating Chords and Chord Progressions
7. Slash and Rhythmic Notation
8. Vocal Music and Lyrics
9. Score and Part Formatting
10. Notation Examples
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