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Learn To Read Drum Tabs

I got the following information from this website.

It should help you understand how to read the drum tabs on my site. Good luck!!

H |x---x---x---x-----|

S |----o-------o-----|

B |o-----o---o-------|

|1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + |

 

C |-Cymbal----------|

H |-Hi-Hat----------|

Rd|-Ride-Cymbal-----|

t |-Small-Tom-------|

T |-Medium-Tom------|

S |-Snare-Drum------|

F |-Floor-Tom-------|

F2|-2nd-Floor-Tom---|

B |-Bass-Drum-------|

Hf|-Hi-Hat-w/foot---|

 

C |-x-| Strike Cymbal

C |-#-| Choke Cymbal (Grab Cymbal With Hand After Striking It)

C |-s-| Splash Cymbal

C |-c-| China Cymbal

 

H |-x-| Strike Closed Hi-Hat

H |-X-| Strike Loose Hi-Hat

H |-+-| Bell of Hi-Hat

 

Rd|-x-| Strike Ride Cymbal

Rd|-X-| Strike Bell of Ride

 

S |-o-| Strike Snare

S |-O-| Accent Snare

S |-g-| Ghost Note on Snare

S |-f-| Flam on Snare

S |-b-| Soft One-Handed Roll

S |-B-| Accented One-Handed Roll

S |-@-| Snare Rim

 

t |-o-| Strike Small Tom

t |-O-| Accent Small Tom

t |-g-| Ghost Note on Small Tom

t |-f-| Flam on Small Tom

t |-b-| Soft One-Handed Roll

t |-B-| Accented One-Handed Roll

 

T |-o-| Strike Large Tom

T |-O-| Accent Large Tom

T |-g-| Ghost Note on Large Tom

T |-f-| Flam on Large Tom

T |-b-| Soft One-Handed Roll

T |-B-| Accented One-Handed Roll

 

F |-o-| Strike Floor Tom

F |-O-| Accent Floor Tom

F |-g-| Ghost Note on Floor Tom

F |-f-| Flam on Floor Tom

F |-b-| Soft One-Handed Roll

F |-B-| Accented One-Handed Roll

 

F2|-o-| Strike 2nd Floor Tom

F2|-O-| Accent 2nd Floor Tom

F2|-g-| Ghost Note on 2nd Floor Tom

F2|-f-| Flam on 2nd Floor Tom

F2|-b-| Soft One-Handed Roll

F2|-B-| Accented One-Handed Roll

 

B |-o-| Strike Bass Drum

B |-O-| Accent Bass Drum

B |-g-| Ghost Note on Bass Drum

B |-f-| Flam on Bass Drum

B |-b-| Soft One-Handed Roll

B |-B-| Accented One-Handed Roll

 

Hf|-x-| Click Hi-Hat With Foot

 

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How to Read the Measures

 

How to Read Measures in 4/4

 

C |----------------| |-----------------|

H |----------------| |-----------------|

S |----------------| |-----------------|

B |----------------| |-----------------|

|1e+a2e+a3e+a4e+a| | 1e+a2e+a3e+a4e+a|

 

How to Read Measures in 4/4 with 32nd Notes

 

C |-------------------------------|

H |-------------------------------|

S |-------------------------------|

B |-------------------------------|

|1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a| |

 

How to Read Measures in Triplets

 

C |------------| |-------------|

H |------------| OR |-------------|

S |------------| |-------------|

B |------------| |-------------|

|1ae2ae3ae4ae| | 1ae2ae3ae4ae|

 

OR:

 

C |------------|-------------|

H |------------|-------------|

S |------------|-------------|

B |------------|-------------|

|1tl2tl3tl4tl| 1tl2tl3tl4tl|

 

NOTE: SOME MEASURES COULD BE

IN 4/4 AND STILL HAVE TRIPLETS

IN THEM.

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|1. |2. |

C |----------------|----------------|

H |----------------|----------------|

T |----------------|----------------|

S |----------------|----------------|

B |----------------|----------------|

F |----------------|----------------|

B |----------------|----------------|

 

NOTE: WHEN YOU SEE THIS, YOU WILL PLAY 1. THEN,

1. THEN, YOU WILL PLAY HOWEVER MANY BARS ARE RIGHT

ABOVE IT. WHEN YOU GET TO 1 AGAIN, YOU WILL SKIP IT

AND GO STRAIGHT to 2. YOU WILL DO THIS FOR HOW-

EVER MANY NUMBERS THERE ARE.

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***All other notation will be explained

at the top of the drum tab.***

 

- Mike Van Kuiken

 

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