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Drum Set Notation #2 - Dynamics
Dynamic Markings are really important in music notation. Let's dive in and learn some more music theory.
Make sure you know the Legend/Instrument Notation before you start working on these.
Below is a 3D Drumming System Excerpt:
C13.2.2 Reading - Legend - Notation #2 Dynamics
Paragraph 2: Legend
Section 2: Notation #2 Dynamics
We have a few ways we can notate changes in volume a.k.a. Dynamics.
1. Accents - A ‘Greater Than’ sign means we accent the note.
a. Drums or cymbals.
b. These can be notated above or underneath th note.
c. Sometimes ^ is used to indicate a very
2. Ghost Notes - Parentheses around a note usually mean we play a soft note a.k.a. Ghost Note.
a. Ghost Notes are often played on snare but can be played on any instrument.
b. Parentheses can also mean we don’t have to play something or only play it the Nth time, where N is the time we encounter this specific note.
3. Hairpins - Crescendo and decrescendo – dynamic signs implying an increase or decrease in volume (stick height) is required.
The note values are chosen randomly.
Note heads can be notated facing up or down.
For now this will suffice but if you want to learn more about these symbols or music notation in general I suggest you explore the subject using Google or Wiki.