Thursday, March 07, 2013

Writing drum charts

I just happened across a couple of nice posts on how to write a drum chart— that is, a handwritten page of notes sketching out whatever information you need to play through a song or arrangement.

My own MO is to write the charts, and then not look at them when I'm actually playing, so I'm probably not the best person to write about the subject. Usually the listening I have to do to make them is enough homework to get me through the rehearsals. But writing them is educational, and if you want to do a lot of work for hire you do need to learn use them effectively, so here:

How to write a drum chart, part 1, from Adam Silverman

Fast parts, from Mike James

And looking for an image for this post I found this excellent piece by Michael Green on the Mel Bay site.

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