How to Read Drum Music

Learning to ready drum music will open up a world of opportunities for you:

  • You’ll be able to practice all the exercises and rhythms on this site!
  • You’ll be able to download and learn drum music for your favourite tunes
  • You’ll be able to join a band or orchestra and play along with other musicians
  • You’ll be able to study drum grades and potentially teach the drums
  • You’ll be able to transcribe (write down) your own beats, rhythms and drum charts

What does drum music look like?

Here’s some typical drum music for a simple drum beat:

How to Read Drum Music

How to Read Drum Music

Whereas with conventional music each line of music refers to a different pitch. On a drum kit each line refers to a different drum. To start with we’re only going to look at 3 different notes – the hi-hat, the snare drum and the bass drum.

How to Read Drum Music
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Want to learn the drums properly?

If you want to know more about how to read drum music head over to our Drum 101 site. A full structured training course and online drum lessons to get you started on the drum kit.

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