Drum Charts

Discussion in 'Drums' started by LittleJames, Feb 7, 2002.

  1. LittleJames

    LittleJames Member

    Nov 9, 2001
    Does anyone know of any site on the net or shop that sells drum charts. I'm trying to extend my library and I need more charts(i.e. Big Band, Rock, Latin, Funk, etc...) You can never read to many charts. Keeps Ya sharp. I chart a day keeps bankrupcy away.

    Thanks :D
  2. flemingkr

    flemingkr Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    I'm sorry I can't help, but can you explain what a drum chart is and its purpose?
  3. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    A drum chart is the music part given to a drummer in a written arrangement or orchestration. Often very specific rhythms are written out for the different parts of the kit (kick, snare, hh, toms, ride, triangle, cowbell, etc) as well as counting out the measures of each section of the composition. The ability to sight read quickly and accurately is essential if a drummer wishes to pick up work in a pit orchestra of a musical show, work in a show band for a Vegas style act, do any classical work, circus bands, etc. Some of these arrangements can be quite challenging, and a drummer who is an expert reader can get a lot of work.

    Not being a drummer myself, I don't know off the top of my head where to get charts to practise with, but I would guess that if you subscribe to a magazine or two for drummers, they would not only have stuff to sight-read as a regular part of their content, but might have some classified ads for how to get ahold of other such material. Good luck!
  4. LittleJames

    LittleJames Member

    Nov 9, 2001
    Yeah, I was really throwing a line out there to see if anyone had any old bigband charts. I hate drum charts that have every note written down that the arranger wants the drummer to play. Usually the arranger has never played the drums or he/she is a drummer and if he/she is a drummer why don't they play the damn thing instead of passing it on to me, b/c chances are I'm going to hate it and never use any of the ideas there in since I won't play like they do because I'm not them. And as far as drum magazines and charts go its really rare to find anything interesting b/c they are generally transcriptions and I can do that in my sleep. O.K. rant over :eek:

    I'm really looking for some bare bones charts with nothing but rhythm leads, unisons, chord changes and maybe some coffee stains on them.

    I guess the best way is to talk to a producer or writer and try to squeeze more charts from them.


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