Rhythm Slashes and the Drum Set
1. Note Heads and Stem DirectionNote_Heads_and_Stem_Direction.html
3. Applying AccidentalsApplying_Accidentals.html
2. BarringBarring.html
6. More on Time SignaturesMore_on_Time_Signatures.html
7. Other Staff SymbolsOther_Staff_Symbols.html
8. ArticulationArticulation.html
9. DynamicsDynamics.html
4. EnharmonicsEnharmonics.html
More on Time SignaturesMore_on_Time_Signatures.html

There are quicker ways to take down basic musical ideas.

Below is an example of 4 bars notated with chord changes and RHYTHM/PERCUSSION NOTE HEADS.

Rhythm note heads follow the same rules as note heads, in terms of rhythm duration. These symbols allow us to signify rhythm without specific notes. Useful for rhythm section scores.

Notice how we apply barring, dots and ties to these rhythm symbols as well.

To the right we have the PERCUSSION CLEF.

The basic elements of all DRUM SETS are the high-hats, the bass drum, and snare. Notice how the highhat and snare stems go up, and the bass drum stem goes down. This arrangement allows us to clearly see the staff.

We apply rests proportionally to which voice is doing the resting.

The directions of the stems also tell the drummer to use either their hands or feet. (stems going down is feet, stems going up is hands.

10. OrnamentsOrnaments.html
11. Writing StylesWriting_Styles.html

We can be even less descriptive using rhythm slashes, not including specific rhythms in the notation - leaving it up to the performer to interpret the rhythms.