How to Read Drum Notation – Part 3 – Other Notes

Here is another new type of note.

This is called a flam. To play a flam, you hit the drum with both sticks, a fraction apart from each other. It shouldn’t sound like two separate notes. It should sound like one, slightly thicker, note.

Here is another new type of note

Whenever you see a note that looks like cymbal but it’s written where a drum normally is, it’s usually got something to do with the rim of the drum. This is the most common occurrence of this and it’s always played on the snare. It’s called either a ‘cross stick’ or a ‘rim click.’ The palm of your hand and the butt of the stick stay on the drum while you lift the tip end of the stick up and down to strike the rim with the shoulder of the stick.