How do you create drum tabs?
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By "drum tab", I assume you are referring to the method of writing
out a drum part by typing a series of different characters on a
grid, which can be easily done using any word processor.
The problem with drum tab is that is extremely counter
productive and convoluted. If you want to be able to write out/read
drum parts, I suggest that you learn to read standard drum
notation, i.e. sheet music.
There is a common misconception that sheet music is difficult to
read, and takes years to learn with any degree of proficiency. This
is not entirely true. The fact is that, while it is best to learn
sheet music from a qualified music instructor, it really isn't very
difficult at all. Furthermore, it is much easier to read (and esp.
to write!) sheet music.
The basic idea of sheet music is based around the idea of simple
fractions. Basically, a "measure" is the basic unit of music (the
"one, two, three, four" of rock music is a measure) and the "notes"
of music are varying divisions of that measure. Hence a "quarter
note" is a quarter (1/4) of a measure. That "one, two, three, four"
of rock music is actually four quarter notes. Further subdivisions
include eighth notes ("one-and two-and three-and four-and").
The division of the note is designated by a "flag" or "bar" on
top of the note. This may sound a little difficult, but with the
help of someone who knows what they are talking about, it is much,
much easier than it sounds. My advice to you is to go to a local
music store and ask of they know of any local private instructors
that can teach you how to read music. Being able to listen to a
song and write out the drum parts in sheet music as well as being
able to read music written by other people is a very, very valuable
One more idea for finding a teacher is to call the nearest
university (if you have one in your area) music department and ask
if they have any percussion majors that are giving private lessons.
These people will usually be very knowledgeable and will also be
very cheap, as they aren't professional. While they aren't yet of a
professional level, they will be able to teach you the basics as
competently as most professional teachers will.
Good luck, and happy drumming!
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