Drum Kit Notation Key

When playing the drums you need to get used to the fact that there’s no such thing as a ‘standard’ notation system. The below drum notation key is internationally recognised but you might see a few different notation systems out there – all music on this site follows the format below. if in doubt look for a notation key to go with the music you want to play.

Standard drum kit notation

Drum Notation Key

Drum Kit Notation Key – Simple Version (BAS001)

A simple printable version of the standard drum kit notation key is included in Sheet Music Pack 1 – ideal if you find the normal notation key a bit overwhelming. This will cover you for 95% of your playing and pretty much everything at beginner level.


Drum Kit Notation Key – Full Version (BAS002)

The standard version of the drum kit notation is also included as part of Sheet Music Pack 1. Most of these extra notes don’t come in to play until you’re at a more intermediate level on the drums.