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No. 5 Posted on Jan 20, 2011 2:54 PM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
Thank you for your interest, guys.

It is a brass band playing from sheet music. Youíre right, Paul: it is a case of producing a single drumkit score from multiple parts.

The band are happy for me to play by ear and feel when appropriate. After all, after 70-80 years, the percussion music is sometimes missing or incomplete. I started out as a drummer playing by ear, so I am fairly adept at producing something that sounds good when there is nothing written.

Having said that, I need to keep the playing by ear to a minimum. The first reason is that the band hasnít time, for example, for me to listen to a complicated piece enough times to get it good enough quick enough. Unfortunately, moneyowen, they are playing some material that they themselves consider complicated. They include former members of the UK National Youth Orchestra, former UK military professional musicians and equivalent. What they find difficult I certainly will! We can't afford for me to turn up at a gig and miss time signature changes, increases and decreases of volume and/or speed and the like. The second reason is that I want to get to read proficiently fairly quickly.

This band has had drummers in the past, as have the defunct bands from which it has inherited the old sheet music. As there is no evidence of any former drummers trying to produce a single score for drumkit, I can only assume that they did in fact play by ear when possible, and fill in bass drum, cymbals, etc. from instinct. Perhaps, also, they did produce one-line drum parts, Old Fart, after having a listen, or maybe bar counts and notes as to what to play when; however, I think I would have found them if they had. When the band simply donít have the music for me to read, perhaps I shall have to develop a system on those lines. Mind you, Iíll have to get quicker at thinking and writing while listening!

Seeing this old sheet music has taught me something else that I, for one, didnít know. That is that a bass drum score was formerly written against the bass clef, and the side drum the treble clef (perhaps it still is in military music Ė I havenít done a Google to see). It would be interesting to know how it was decided to write drumkit music all against the bass clef. Cymbals were mostly written on the drumkit score, so presumably the bass drummer and cymbal player had the music on a stand between their positions. I appreciate that there is a dedicated drumkit clef for later drum music.

I have downloaded a good music manuscript software programme, but the process of copying it all in is going to be too time-consuming as far as I can see. Altering a copy using Tippex and pen, then copying the result is itself time-consuming, but is the quickest way that I have thought of.




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5409 Old drum music - any ideas? Singlestroker 972 Jan 19, 2011 2:52 PM
4557 Re:Old drum music - any ideas? moneyowen 580 Jan 20, 2011 4:24 AM
4579 Re:Old drum music - any ideas? OldFart 689 Jan 20, 2011 7:57 AM
4521 Re:Old drum music - any ideas? paul 291 Jan 20, 2011 10:05 AM
4681 Re:Old drum music - any ideas? Singlestroker 2787 Jan 20, 2011 2:54 PM
4435 Re:Old drum music - any ideas? Singlestroker 253 Jan 25, 2011 1:56 PM
4560 Re:Old drum music - any ideas? OldFart 374 Jan 26, 2011 8:09 AM
4479 Re:Old drum music - any ideas? Singlestroker 562 Jan 28, 2011 5:49 PM
4574 Re:Old drum music - any ideas? OldFart 814 Jan 28, 2011 10:17 PM
4465 Re:Old drum music - any ideas? OldFart 810 Jan 29, 2011 9:02 PM
4307 Re:Old drum music - any ideas? BrandonPorter 345 Jan 30, 2011 9:01 AM
4530 Re:Old drum music - any ideas? OldFart 341 Jan 30, 2011 11:47 AM
4464 Re:Old drum music - any ideas? Singlestroker 663 Jan 31, 2011 4:24 PM
4555 Re:Old drum music - any ideas? OldFart 719 Jan 31, 2011 8:21 PM
2319 Re:Old drum music - any ideas? Singlestroker 228 Nov 21, 2012 3:45 PM
4419 Re:Old drum music - any ideas? Singlestroker 250 Jan 30, 2011 8:29 AM
4462 Re:Old drum music - any ideas? OldFart 367 Jan 30, 2011 11:45 AM
4156 Re:Old drum music - any ideas? Singlestroker 493 Mar 1, 2011 4:01 PM
4137 Re:Old drum music - any ideas? OldFart 727 Mar 6, 2011 11:08 AM
4073 Re:Old drum music - any ideas? Singlestroker 687 Mar 6, 2011 3:26 PM
4187 Re:Old drum music - any ideas? OldFart 729 Mar 6, 2011 4:32 PM
2357 Re:Old drum music - any ideas? OldFart 174 Nov 21, 2012 7:41 PM
2314 Re:Old drum music - any ideas? Singlestroker 766 Nov 22, 2012 6:41 AM
2314 Re:Old drum music - any ideas? OldFart 702 Nov 22, 2012 8:36 AM
2813 Re:Old drum music - any ideas? Singlestroker 243 Nov 22, 2012 1:22 PM

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