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    Writing for drums

    Along the line of my previous post, I would also like to learn about these instruments I hear on the radio all the time ... drums! How does one go about writing for them? What exactly are riffs and such?

    Many thanks!
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
    My MP3s | My Melody Generator | my album
    "serious music" ... as if the rest of us are just kidding

  2. #2

    Re: Writing for drums

    See my reply to your "writing for guitar" thread, as the answer is almost identical.

    chris.

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    Re: Writing for drums

    Indeed. Drummers will have notation to "play time", with occasional explicit directions for particular notes to accent with cymbals/rim-shots.

    Now, if *you* want some tips on how to play like a jazz drummer for you mock-ups, that's an entirely different issue!

    - m
    Free MFX and other plugins: http://www.TenCrazy.com/
    Markleford's music: http://www.markleford.com/music/

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    Re: Writing for drums

    Quote Originally Posted by SeanHannifin
    Along the line of my previous post, I would also like to learn about these instruments I hear on the radio all the time ... drums! How does one go about writing for them? What exactly are riffs and such?

    Many thanks!
    In addition to all the above:
    *You oughta learn some basic drum notation using that excellent program OVERTURE 4--

    *Learn what goes stems down or up (voice 2 or 1) (gen'l rule-you play it with feet--stems down, you play it with hands--stems up).

    *Learn what drums/cymbals/toys go on what lines/spaces (not 100% standard in some cases, but close) and what notehead is what (x, diamond, regular, etc.)

    *Learn how to set up stem-up, cue-size notes for hits that you want the drummer to hear/pick up.
    ================================================== ==
    *Learn what the equipment is and what it sounds like (stix vs. blastix vs. brushes, for ex.)

    *Learn what common grooves look like on paper & sound like when played.

    *Remember that people have only TWO feet and TWO hands to hit stuff with!! (you may find it odd that I say that, but people accustomed mostly to MIDI often forget it.)

    *RESIST the temptation to write out too much!!! This is another problem I see with people accustomed mostly to MIDI.

    *Last but last: When all else fails:

    ASK STYXX!!!
    Jim Williams
    Professor of Capitalism
    N9EJR
    Indianapolis Brass Choir
    All Your Bass Sus&Short Are Belong to Us.

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    Re: Writing for drums

    Jim, that's a beautiful reply - short, to the point and informative, bvut still leaving the reader with homework. Spoken like a true professor. Thanks.

    But what if I have a question about
    BRUSHES???
    Dasher
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    It's all about the music - really. I keep telling myself that...

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    Re: Writing for drums

    I love the brush stir control scheme!

    Use the stirs almost like a ride cymbal, except you'll be holding down the key and pressing down to increate aftertouch momentarily to do a direction change instead of individual hits.

    The lift up and use the keys for individual taps for accenting or "fill" work.

    - m
    Free MFX and other plugins: http://www.TenCrazy.com/
    Markleford's music: http://www.markleford.com/music/

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    Re: Writing for drums

    Thank you everyone for your replies! I still have much to learn
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
    My MP3s | My Melody Generator | my album
    "serious music" ... as if the rest of us are just kidding

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    Re: Writing for drums

    Quote Originally Posted by SeanHannifin
    Thank you everyone for your replies! I still have much to learn

    So do we all, sir, so do we all*


    *Except for DPDan
    Jim Williams
    Professor of Capitalism
    N9EJR
    Indianapolis Brass Choir
    All Your Bass Sus&Short Are Belong to Us.

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