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How to Write a Fast & Easy Drum Chart

An innovative, no-hassle approach to writing drum charts for drummers and composers

By Liz Ficalora

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How to Write a Fast & Easy Drum Chart (An innovative, no-hassle approach to writing drum charts for drummers and composers). Composed by Liz Ficalora. For Drumset. Book; CD; Percussion - Miscellaneous Educational Books and Manuals. 56 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.39097).

ISBN 0739087940.

How to Write a Fast and Easy Drum Chart teaches an innovative and simple approach to drum chart writing that takes almost no time to learn. Designed for drummers, composers, and students who need drum charts for the various songs they encounter, this method won’t require you to turn multiple pages and read bar after bar of music. Instead, you will see the full form of a song on one piece of paper and only need to write a few measures of drum notation to keep yourself in the groove. Charting a song will help you play with greater accuracy, ensuring that you play the song correctly the first time and every time. By being able to easily and accurately play songs right away, you’ll make your life easier and land more gigs. The accompanying CD includes demonstrations of the examples in the book.

  • About the Author & Acknowledgements 
  • Introduction 
  • About the Drum Notation in This Book 
  • Step 1: What You Will Need to Start Writing Your Chart 
  • Using a Notebook to Get Organized 
  • Step 2: Determine the Time Signature and Tempo of the Song 
  • Step 3: Determine the Feel of the Song 
  • Step 4: Identify Song Form and Counting the Bars 
  • Counting Out the Song Form 
  • Step 5: Write Out the Complete Form of the Song 
  • Notating Drum Patterns 
  • Subdivisions 
  • Step 6: Learn the Most Common Bass Drum Patterns 
  • Step 7: Learn the Most Common Snare Drum Patterns 
  • Step 8: Listen to the Recording and Notate the Patterns 
  • Song Details: Introductions, Pickups, Fills, and Accents 
  • Step 9: Write Out Song Introductions and Pickups 
  • Step 10: Write Out Fills 
  • Step 11: Write Out Accents 
  • Step 12: Checklist to Complete the Chart 
  • Basic Combination Patterns for All Feels 
  • Ear Training Exercise 
  • Sample Drum Charts That Use the Basic Patterns 
  • Sample Charts 1-10 
  • Charting a Sample Song and Writing Drum Notation 
  • Practice Chart 
  • Using a 3-Ring Binder to Get Organized 
  • Using Vocal Cues 
  • Getting Prepared for Rehearsals 
  • Leading the Band: Using Subdivisions to Count In 
  • Advanced Bass Drum Patterns 
  • Advanced Snare Drum Patterns 
  • Advanced Combination Patterns for All Feels 
  • Sample Drum Charts That Use the Advanced Patterns 
  • Sample Charts 11-15 
  • Sample Medley Chart 
  • Final Thoughts 
  • Blank Chart 
  • Blank Extended Chart 1 
  • Blank Extended Chart 2 
  • Blank Medley Chart 

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An innovative, no-hassle approach to writing drum charts for drummers and composers

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