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Drum Notations

Notations used on dailydrumming.com charts

Snare Drum

The snare drum is written on the second space down. The figure below shows a snare flam, snare ghost note and snare double stroke.

Toms and Bass Drum

The High Tom is written on the first space down. The Medium Tom is written on the second line down. The Floor Tom is written on the third space down. The bass drum is written on the fourth space down.

Hi Hat and Cymbals

The hi-hat is written on the space above the first line. An open hi-hat is denoted with an 'o' while a closed hi-hat is denoted by a '+'. A hi-hat played with the foot is written on the space blow the last line. A Crash is written on the first 'imaginary' line above the stave. A Ride is written on the top line.

Note Values

The chart below shows note values. Each bar has an equal count and time span, so a 'Whole Note' is equal to Eight 'Eighth Notes' or Sixteen '16th Notes'.

Note

Bear in mind that unlike other musical instruments, drum notes do not sustain, and therefore each note represents a 'hit' and an 'interval' time before the next hit.