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A

A - Audio

In Level 1 this is one of the main Parts.

B

B - Bass Drum

In Stickings.

BD - Bass Drum

C

C - CORE - Categories Of Rhythmic Elements

In Level 1 this is one of the main Parts. These are the Key Principles of Drumming and Rhythm.

D

D - Down Stroke

One of the four Dynamic Strokes or Control Strokes as Joe Morello used to call them.

  1. F – Full Stroke
  2. D – Down Stroke
  3. T – Tap Stroke
  4. U – Up Stroke

DDD - Daily Drum Diet

Extremely efficient and effective system to get maximum results with minimal time and effort. Learn more here

DP - Double Paradiddle

E

E - Exercises

In Level 1 this is one of the main Parts. 

F

F - Fills

In Level 1 this is one of the main Parts.

F - Flam

When applied to Stickings. F is a Right Hand Flam, an F with a circle around it is commonly used to indicate a Left Hand Flam.

f - Forte

This means Loud or Forceful when talking about Dynamics. Dynamics are usually notated in lower case Italic. So f instead of f.

ff - Fortissimo

This means Louder or More Forceful than f when talking about Dynamics. Dynamics are usually notated in lower case Italic. So ff instead of ff.

fff or ffff or even fffff

These are used if more stages of Dynamics are needed. Dynamics are usually notated in lower case Italic. So fff instead of fff.

F - Full Stroke

One of the four Dynamic Strokes or Control Strokes as Joe Morello used to call them.

  1. F – Full Stroke
  2. D – Down Stroke
  3. T – Tap Stroke
  4. U – Up Stroke

G

G - Grooves

In Level 1 this is one of the main Parts. 

H

HT - Half Time

H - Hi hat

In Stickings. Usually this means a Stepped Hi hat with the Left Foot.

HH - Hi hat

HH - Hand Hammered

Sabian uses this term to indicated the cymbal has been Hammered by Hand.

K

K - Kick (Drum)

In Stickings. Some people refer to the bass drum as the Kick Drum or simply Kick.

L

L or l - Note played by the Left Hand

In Stickings. In Dynamic patterns if a sticking is given L is an accent played by the Left Hand and l is a soft note played by the Left hand.

l - Left Foot

In Double Bass Drumming the Feet usually have a lower case r or l while the hands get theupper case R or L.

LH - Left Hand

LF - Left Foot

M

M - MIDI

In Level 1 this is one of the main Parts. 

MBS - Multiple Bounce Stroke

Mel - Melody

mf - Mezzoforte

Mediocre Loud when talking about Dynamics. Dynamics are usually notated in lower case Italic. So mf instead of mf.

mp - Mezzopiano

Mediocre Soft when talking about Dynamics. Dynamics are usually notated in lower case Italic. So mp instead of mp.

O

Ost - Ostinato

P

p - Piano

This means Soft when talking about Dynamics. Dynamics are usually notated in lower case Italic. So p instead of p.

pp - Pianissimo

This means Softer than p when talking about Dynamics. Dynamics are usually notated in lower case Italic. So pp instead of pp.

ppp or pppp or even ppppp

These are used if more stages of Dynamics are needed. Dynamics are usually notated in lower case Italic. So ppp instead of ppp.

P.A.S.

The Percussive Arts Society (P.A.S.) is a non-profit, music service organization founded in 1961. Their mission is inspire, educate and support percussionists and drummers worldwide. Among other things they’re responsible for creating the lst of 40 Rudiments which replaced the classic list of 26 rudiments. More info can be found on their website http://www.pas.org/

PiT - Put it Together

In the lessons and courses by Skillz Drum Lessons this is used to combine things. This formula combines Key Principles from the most basic elements to the most advanced form of drumming and rhythm. Learn more here.

R

R or r - Note played by the Right Hand

In Stickings. In Dynamic patterns if a sticking is given R is an accent played by the Right Hand and r is a soft note played by the Right hand.

RF - Right Foot

RH - Right Hand

R - Rudiments

In courses and lessons by Skillz Drum Lessons an R may refer to the Part R – Rudiments. Click here for a more complete overview of rudiments.

R&R - Record & Review

In courses and lessons by Skillz Drum Lessons R&R refers to one of the Key Ingredients of practice. Learn more here. 

S

S - Systems and Formulas

In Level 1 this is one of the main Parts. 

SatK - Singles around the Kit

In Level 1 this is one of the Systems in Part S1 – Balance.

SDA - Skillz Drum Academy

SDB - Skillz Drum Books

SDC - Skillz Drum Coach

SDL - Skillz Drum Lessons

SP - Single Paradiddle

SS - Single Strokes or Single Stroke Roll

Sub - Subdivision

T

T - Tips and Suggestions

In Level 1 this is one of the main Parts.

TP - Triple Paradiddle

T - Tap Stroke

One of the four Dynamic Strokes or Control Strokes as Joe Morello used to call them.

  1. F – Full Stroke
  2. D – Down Stroke
  3. T – Tap Stroke
  4. U – Up Stroke

U

U - Unison

Two or more notes played at the same time.

U - Upstrokes

One of the four Dynamic Strokes or Control Strokes as Joe Morello used to call them.

  1. F – Full Stroke
  2. D – Down Stroke
  3. T – Tap Stroke
  4. U – Up Stroke
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