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    Red face dotted notes

    hey sup guys n gals--

    so i may have a dumb question here, but everything i see when i read drum music says when there's a dot after a note it means extend that note by so much---

    so my question is, do you hit the drum again rite after like a flam or just let the drum ring? i hope that makes sense

    thanks!

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    just rest as if it were being held
    (dotted quarter note, hit once and rest for the rest of the beat and a half)
    so yeah...let it ring...
    The egg approves!

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    thanks eggman! koo koo ka choo

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    The dotted note means extend whatever the note value is by half of its value. It gets complex with smaller subdivisions (16ths, 32nds etc). But basically, if you have a dotted 8th note, you would have to hold it for 3 . 16th notes (1e+) and play your next note on a, if there was one written there.

    Simple when you have learnt it, seems more complex at the beginning though.

    Hope that clears that up for you,
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    with like dotted 8th notes instead of playing 1 and 2 and 3 and ect like a regular 8th note u play 8 ah 2 ah 3 ect, pretty much your hitting the ah instead of the and in the 1 e and ah 2 e and ah ..... you can think of it almost like a gallop when you play it.

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    rite on sounds good so when i see a dotted note on the bass in the music staff ill only hit it once rite? thats what i thot but the last post on here sounds like i should hit it twice...like a gallop, which i guess is my question..

    i understand when im playing my bass, i just hold the note longer, but how do you hold a note deliberatly on a drum? im gonna try to find some audio examples somewhere so if anyone knows any good ones...

    thanks for all the help tho guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by lildrummerboi
    i understand when im playing my bass, i just hold the note longer, but how do you hold a note deliberatly on a drum?
    In most cases you don't. You just hit the drum and wait the extra time as if the drum is still ringing. The only exception to that would be with cymbals where you let them ring and then cut them off at the end of the dotted note length of time.
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    So, how do you slur notes?

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    ok rite on drummer thanx man you cleared me up!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roaddebris
    So, how do you slur notes?
    have you ever played really drunk?

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    Yep... It's hell, I lose all my co-ordination and dexterity. And playing quick double bass is impossible.

    HB58
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roaddebris
    So, how do you slur notes?
    That happens when you break your stick (or for a hand drummer, when you miss the drum and hit somethin' else--if you're not careful, it can be mighty painful)...

    Although if you're doin' some note-bending, you could slur it that way...
    keep the beat goin' ... Don't keep it to yourself!

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