The main theme of Snare Drum Music Sheets can be very broad, so let’s take a break from the main theme and just take a deep dive into the trap of drum sheet music. It is helpful in this case that we will be able to keep our focus on just one Snare Drum. At the same time, we will still gain knowledge of drum notation that can be applied to drum music in general.
After all, sitting behind a kit to play some drum beats is definitely like it. However, simply working/practicing on trap drums (as well as other drums) will help you create Snare Drum chops that will translate into you playing better throughout the kit.
Quick Counting Recap
The calculation when making a quarter note or reset is, “1, 2, 3, 4”
The calculation for the eighth note/rest is, “1-AND, 2-AND, 3-AND, 4-AND AND”
And the count for the sixteenth note/rest is, “1-e-AND-a, 2-e-AND-a, 3-e-AND-a, and 4-e-And-a”.
Playing the Examples
So I got some free drum sheet music examples for you! As mentioned in the title, it is only focusing on the trap Snare Drum. We are going to cover several examples to play different notes and types of rest. Please be sure to do the following as we do:
- Count along whether it is out loud or in your head. Use the calculation patterns described above. I encourage you to count loudly especially if you are new to drumming. Each example here will follow the signature four times.
- Play at a tempo you are comfortable with. Not a race for you to play as fast as you can. Start slow and work your way up.
- Use a metronome. Introduce yourself to playing with a metronome early in your drumming career. This will help you to improve as a drummer. Each example here is played on a metronome set at BM.
- R means right hand and L means left hand. You can see it in the examples. Play the note as this because it will introduce you to the sticking patterns.
A quick note regarding sticking patterns is sure to mix it up. Once you understand how it is written and you understand the example, go back and try with the opposite hand. Try using examples with your right hand and then just your left hand. Be experimental and creative.
The goal here is to understand the music on the trap Snare Drum sheet. We want to get away with understanding how to apply notes and rests but we can also go into some practice of playing it while we are there.
It is important to start here because the quarter note is the beat of our beat. Make sure you are counting each number as you play each note. Calculating the beat is the main task of any drummer so it is absolutely necessary to know where the downbeat (1, 2, 3, and 4) is.
When you feel comfortable, try to lead this example with your left hand (L, R, L, R) and use only one hand (R, R, R, R) and (L, L, L, L).
Think of rest as a silent note. Even though nothing is being played during the rest, count accordingly. The beat and time are still going on so it’s important to keep an eye on the count even if you don’t play anything.
Another example of how rests can be randomly put across a bit.
Spend some time with these three examples. If you have no problem with them, try to speed up the tempo.
And as I mentioned in Example 1, mix your sticking pattern. Get in the habit of being comfortable with both hands.
Quarters can go straight ahead but make sure you make them efficient as this will give you a solid foundation to calculate.
Although the Snare Drum sheet music doesn’t show “and” if a quarter notes is being played, it’s a good practice to count that it’s still there.
For example, the first measurement shows “1, 2, 3-AND, 4-AND” below. You should still calculate it (and each of the following sizes) “1-AND, 2-AND, 3-AND, 4-And.”
The sticking pattern here is your right hand playing down bits and your left hand playing up bits. It’s a personal choice that works for me so that’s how I’m sharing it. There is no right or wrong way to do this, feel free to practice this example using an alternative sticking pattern.
In this example, it is kept as an alternative sticking pattern. It’s about prioritizing comfortable leadership that you miss.
Start looking for something that makes you feels comfortable. “1-e-AND-a, 2-e-AND-a, 3-e-AND-a, 4-e-And-a” is the mouth and it is difficult to call it higher tempo. I totally recommend playing at a tempo that lets you say it until you are experienced enough.
Using the first measure, for example, if you can easily play the “1, 2, 3-e-end, 4-e-end” calculation, always stick to it. Or try “1-AND, 2-AND, 3-e-AND-a, 4-e-And-a” if it helps you keep time. The point is time! Do what works for you to keep it!
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