How to Read Drum Notation – Part 2 – Multiple Notes, and Bars

Remember in part 1 where I showed you a note with a stem?

Great! Now here are two notes sharing the same stem.

If multiple notes are sharing the same stem, you can assume they are played at the same time. Here are a couple more examples of this.

When we write out music, it is often organised into ‘bars.’ Organising music into a collection of bars, is kind of like organising sentences into a collection of words. If you didn’t break up words with spaces itwouldgetverymessyveryquickly. The start and end of a bar is indicated with bar lines.

Bars commonly have a set number of counts. The most common number being 4. This is indicated by the ‘time signature.’

This time signature means that we have four counts in the bar, and we can put notes on each count in the bar. Here are some examples.

We can also fit more than four notes in a 4/4 bar. By using smaller notes, we can add an extra note after each count. We can count this by using the phrase ‘and’ for the notes after each count. Here are some examples.

-In the next part we will look at how we can make notes last different lengths and how rests work.