Have you noticed how music sounds when there is no drum around? Even if it’s a simple song, a drummer can add foundation to the music. It provides pulse to the music. It helps the member of the band to express their music creatively with their instruments too. It gives off a lively bass feel.
The bass of a drum consists of four to five responsibilities when it comes to making a sound livelier. It gives rhythm, volume, sound quality, touch, flow, and even space when making a sound. These are the qualities of a sound that makes a music more balanced and with perfect blend.
As the foundation of all sounds, the bass line must be done with full marching battery. When intensified, it can serve as a solo bass in a choir.
How To Read The Bass Notations in Drum Music Sheet
Bass notation for a drum refers to the music for drums in written form. Someone who can read written music can easily understand such, making drum playing an easier learning task. It is like a way to converse with your drum. If you can converse with your drum and understand how it speaks, then you can teach drum playing to others effortlessly.
Understanding drum music sheets begins with understanding drum notations. It is getting to know the different symbols. The symbols will tell you the set to play and part of the drum to play with. It will tell you how to play a certain drum beat and the rhythm you have to follow.
Like any other drum parts, drum music for bass is also in graph. If you are familiar with guitar tabs, it is almost the same with drums. The difference is that instead of chords for guitars, you will have the traditional music stems for drum notation.
Most drummers who learned from peers play drums by listening to it and watching others play. It is effective and it works for them. However, if you can play by hearing and read drum notations as well, then you are in for greater drum playing techniques. Learning to do both is an advantage for any drummers.
To exercise your skills in reading notations, you can start by learning to identify drum parts such as the bass. The notation for bass drum is often written on the first line. It is on the first space. There single bass drum note is in the first line. If there is another note on the first space, it is also a bass drum and the second one.
There is a an ‘x’ on the written note that indicates it to be a bass drum. For notes where stem is not found, it means the rhythm is unknown. As a drummer, you can try to learn the song and play a rhythm that suits your preference.
Don’t worry though as most music with bass drum in it comes with markings. If you are starting to learn bass drum, start with the bass drum played in a marching band. It requires you to ply with your left or right hand (depending on the mark) on the notes.
Once you are used to understanding bass drum notation, you can start learning to read standard rhythm. It is about learning how a whole or half note looks like. It is getting to differentiate eight or quarter note and even the 16th and 32th music notes. Then it is important to learn how to play each note on your drums.
Then there is a slash through a stem. This slash means that you have to strike a particular note in a particular line. Say you have a half note. That is played with two beats. Then it has a slash on it. How will you play it?
It means playing it at eight notes during its duration. If there are two slashes, you just have to divide the notes again so from eight, play it at 16th notes.