HELP WITH READ­ING?

Rhythm - - BEAT! - Bar­ney K, via email

Hi Rhythm, first of all just wanted to say thanks for all the great lessons in the mag­a­zine. They re­ally give me a lot to get to grips with in my month of wood­shed­ding. At least, the videos do… but I must ad­mit I still strug­gle a lit­tle with read­ing drum mu­sic. I’ve read a lot in your mag that it’s a re­ally im­por­tant skill for a drum­mer to have, but I must ad­mit I’m a bit un­sure of how to read, not so much the notes and which in­stru­ment they re­late to, but things like sub­di­vi­sions and how to tell from the no­ta­tion what they should be. Any chance of do­ing a les­son or se­ries of lessons on read­ing? For any­one strug­gling with the ba­sics of read­ing our drum no­ta­tion, did you know there’ s a ba­sic PD F guide to no­ta­tion on the disc each month that should help? Read­ing is def­i­nitely an im­por­tant skill for the work­ing drum­mer to have, and use­ful to en­thu­si­asts too, to not ate things for you self and read it back. I’ ll def­i­nitely look at do­ing some­thing on it in an up­com­ing is­sue as it’ s been awhile since we cov­ered it here in Rhythm. Watch this space !– CBu

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