Understanding Drum Kit Notation. In these two videos, I explain the basics of music notation, what the symbols on the music stave mean and how you interpret them. However, I do not explain how to read rhythms in these videos. (For that you can join my Hot Chops course online, or contact me for lessons in Oadby, Leicester.)
Benefits of Reading Music
Learning to read drum music can offer several benefits for drummers, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced player. Here are some reasons why learning to read drum notation can be valuable:
Communication with Other Musicians: Drum notation is a universal language that allows you to communicate musical ideas with other musicians. If you’re playing in a band or ensemble, being able to read drum music enables you to understand and execute the composer’s or arranger’s intentions accurately.
Expanded Repertoire: A lot of music is written using standard notation. Learning to read drum music opens up a vast repertoire of music that you can play, ranging from classical pieces to jazz standards and contemporary compositions.
Understanding Musical Structure: Reading drum notation helps you understand the structure of a piece of music. You can easily identify different sections such as verses, choruses, bridges, and more. This knowledge can be valuable when playing in a group setting, as it allows you to navigate through the music seamlessly.