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How to read Drum tabs

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How to read Drum Tab

A drum tablature (shortly - Drum Tab) was created specially for drummers. It is simple way to learn drum part of songs.


 H |-xxXXx-x|xxxXXxxx|-xxXXxxx|xxxXXxxx|-|
S |------o-|------o-|------o-|------o-|-|
B |o--oo---|o--oo---|o--oo---|o--oo---|-|
CC|-------X|-------X|-------X|-------X|-|

 There are horizontal lines that indicates different type of percussion.


Transcription:

 
 CC|-Crash Cymbal----|
HH|-Hi-Hat----------|
Hf|-Hi-Hat-w/foot---|
B |-Bass-Drum-------|
FT|-Floor-Tom-------|
HT|-High-Tom--------|
LT|-Low-Tom---------|
 Rd|-Ride-Cymbal-----|
SN|-Snare-drum------|

Some alternative name of lines:


 CR|-Crash-Ride-Cymbal--|
 RC|-Ride-Cymbal--------|
 S |-Snare-drum---------|
 T1|-Tom-1-(high-tom)---|
 T2|-Tom-2-(low/mid-tom)| Tom 1, Tom 2 etc. can be continued to as many toms as you have.
 F |-Floor-Tom----------|
 BD|-Bass-Drum----------|
 

The Number of Lines means quantity of drums using in this song.


Cymbals:


 |-x-| Strike Cymbal or Hi-Hat
|-X-| Strike Loose Hi-Hat, or hit Crash Hard
|-o-| Open High Hat
|-#-| Choke Cymbal (Grab Cymbal With Hand After Striking It)
|-s-| Splash Cymbal
|-c-| China Cymbal
|-b-| Bell of Ride
|-x-| Click Hi-Hat With Foot


Drums:


 |-o-| Strike
|-O-| Accent
|-g-| Ghost Note
|-f-| [[Flam]]
|-d-| Drag
|-b-| Soft One-Handed Roll
|-B-| Accented One-Handed Roll
|-@-| Snare Rim


Unlike guitar tabs which often fail to accurately represent timing information, drum tabs usually describe timing information very accurately.


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