Drum tabs


Drum tabs are a form of musical notation that allow drummers to read and write drum parts without the use of traditional sheet music. In this article, we will explore the basics of drum tabs, their importance, and how they can be used by drummers of all skill levels.

Definition of Drum Tabs

Drum tabs, also known as drum scores or drum charts, are a system of notation that uses a combination of symbols and numbers to represent specific drum sounds and techniques. They are often used as an alternative to sheet music, which can be challenging for drummers to read.

Why Drum Tabs are Important

Drum tabs provide a more visual representation of drum parts, making it easier for drummers to learn and play music. They are also more accessible, as they can be found online for almost any song. Using drum tabs can help drummers develop their skills, learn new techniques, and expand their repertoire.

Who Can Benefit from Using Drum Tabs

Drum tabs can be beneficial for drummers of all skill levels, from beginners to advanced players. They are especially useful for drummers who are self-taught, as they provide a way to learn new music without formal instruction.

Overview of the Guide

This guide will cover everything you need to know about drum tabs, from understanding their basic notation to using them for practice and performance. We will also explore advanced techniques and troubleshooting tips.

Understanding Drum Tabs

How Drum Tabs are Different from Traditional Sheet Music Unlike traditional sheet music, which uses a combination of notes, rests, and other symbols to represent music, drum tabs use a combination of symbols and numbers to represent specific drum sounds and techniques. This makes them easier to read and understand for drummers who may not have formal musical training.

Reading Drum Tabs:

Symbols and Notation Drum tabs use a variety of symbols and notation to represent different drum sounds and techniques. These symbols include standard notation for snare drums, bass drums, and cymbals, as well as unique symbols for techniques such as flams, rolls, and ghost notes.

How to Interpret Time Signatures in Drum Tabs

Drum tabs use time signatures to indicate the rhythm and tempo of the music. Understanding how to interpret these time signatures is essential for accurately reading and playing drum tabs.

Importance of Understanding Drum Notation for Better Performance

Understanding drum notation is crucial for better performance. By accurately reading and interpreting drum tabs, drummers can improve their timing, precision, and overall playing ability.

How to Find Drum Tabs Online

Popular Websites for Finding Drum Tabs There are many websites online where drummers can find drum tabs for almost any song.

How to Search for Specific Songs or Drummers

When searching for drum tabs online, it’s important to use specific keywords to narrow down your results. Searching for the name of the song or artist, as well as the word “drum tabs,” can help you find the music you’re looking for.

Tips for Using Drum Tabs Effectively

To use drum tabs effectively, it’s important to practice regularly, break down songs into manageable parts, and use them as a supplement to traditional sheet music.

Using Drum Tabs for Practice

Incorporating Drum Tabs into Practice Routine Drum tabs can be a useful tool for practicing specific techniques and songs. By incorporating them into your practice routine, you can improve your skills and expand your repertoire.

How to Break Down a Song Using Drum Tabs

Breaking down a song into smaller parts can help make it easier to learn and play. By using drum tabs to identify specific sections of a song, you can practice each part individually and then combine them for a complete performance.


Artist: Rammstein Song: Sonne Tabber: Top Hat E-mail: [email protected] KEY: o= hit on drum/kick on bass x=hit on cymbal/closed hi-hats X=open/splashy hi-hats d=drum roll f=flam t=small mounted tom T=large mounted tom F=floor tom S=snare drum B=bass drum C1=low-pitch crash cymbal C2=high-pitch crash cymbal H=Hi-hat When I say repeat a measure, it means play that measure …

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Song: Faint Band: Linkin Park Tabbed By AndrewN111 x= HH closed X= HH open c= close HH when hit 0:08 From start of sampled drum beat HH|—————-|—————-|—————-|—————-| S |—————-|—————-|—————-|—————-| B |—————-|—————-|—————-|—————-| 0:15 Intro C |x—————|—————-|x—————|—————-| HH|–X-X-X-X-X-X-X-|X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-|–X-X-X-X-X-X-X-|X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-| S |—-o–g-g–o—|—-o–g-g–o—|—-o–g-g–o—|—-o–o—-o—| B |o———o—–|o———o—–|o———o—–|o———o—–| C |x—————|—————-|x—————|—————-| HH|–X-X-X-X-X-X-X-|X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-|–X-X-X-X-X-X-X-|X-X-X-X-X——-| S |—-o–g-g–o—|—-o–g-g–o—|—-o–g-g–o—|—-o–o-oooooo-| B |o———o—–|o———o—–|o———o—–|o—————| 0:29 Verse 1 C |x—————|—————-|—————-|—————-| HH|–x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-| S |—-o–g-g–o—|—-o–g-g–o—|—-o–g-g–o—|—-o–g-g–o—| …

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Dark Of The Matinee

Song : Dark Of The Matinee Band : Franz Ferdinand Album : Franz Ferdinand Drummer : Paul Thomson QUIET HH |–x—x—x—–|–x—x—x—–| S |—-o——ooooo|—-o——oo-o-| B |o——-o——-|o——-o——-| INTRO C |x—————|—————-|—————-|—————-| HH |–o—o—o—–|–o—o—o—–|–o—o—o—–|–o—o—o—–| S |—-o——goooo|—-o——goooo|—-o——goooo|—-o——go-o-| Play 2x B |o——-o——-|o——-o——-|o——-o——-|o——-o——-| Hf |x—x—x—x—|x—x—x—x—|x—x—x—x—|x—x—x—x—| VERSE 1 =====Play 6x===== C |x—————|—————-|—————-| S |—————-|—————-|————–oo| B |o—o—o—o—|o—o—o—o—|o—o—o—o—| BRIDGE 1 _________________ _______________ / 1st time …

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Dance Dance

(Intro/Verse) 0:00 S|–f—f—f—f-|–f—f—f—f-|–f—f—f—f-|–f—f—f—f-| B|o–o-o——oo–|o–o-o——oo–|o–o-o——oo–|o–o-o——oo–| Tb|x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-| S|–f—f—f—f-|–f—f—f—f-|–f—f—f—f-|–f—f—f—f-| B|o–o-o——oo–|o–o-o——oo–|o–o-o——oo–|o–o-o——oo–| Tb|x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-| S|–f—f—f—f-|–f—f—f—f-|–f—f—f—f-|–f—f—f—f-| B|o–o-o——oo–|o–o-o——oo–|o–o-o——oo–|o–o-o——oo–| Tb|x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-| S|–f—f—f—f-|–f—f-ooo-o-oo| B|o–o-o——oo–|o–o-o—–o-o–| (Pre-Chorus) 0:29 C|X—————|—————-|X—————|—————-| H|X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-|X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-|–X-X-X-X-X-X-X-|X-X-X-X-X-X-X—| S|–o—o—o—o-|–o—o—o—o-|–o—o—o—o-|–o—o—o—oo| B|o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-|o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-|o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-|o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-| C|X—————| B|o—————| (Chorus) 0:39 C|—————-|————X—|—————-|—————-| C|X—————|——–X——-|X—————|—————-| R|–X-X-X-X-X-X-X-|X-X-X-X—X—X-|–X-X-X-X-X-X-X-|X-X-X-X-X—X—| F|—————-|—————-|—————-|————–oo| S|–o—o—o—o-|–o—o—o—o-|–o—o—o—o-|–o—o—oo—-| B|o–o-o–o–o-o–|o–o-o–o—o—|o–o-o–o–o-o–|o–o-o–o—o—| C|—————-|————X—|—————-|—————-| C|X—————|——–X——-|X—————|——–X——-| R|–X-X-X-X-X-X-X-|X-X-X-X—X—X-|–X-X-X-X-X-X-X-|X-X-X-X———| F|—————-|—————-|—————-|—————-| S|–o—o—o—o-|–o—o—o—o-|–o—o—o—o-|–o—o—oooooo| B|o–o-o–o–o-o–|o–o-o–o—o—|o–o-o–o–o-o–|o–o-o–o——-| (Verse) 0:56 C|X—————|—————-|—————-|—————-| S|–o—o—o—o-|–o—o—o—o-|–o—o—o—o-|–o—o—o—o-| B|o–o-o——oo–|o–o-o——oo–|o–o-o——oo–|o–o-o——oo–| C|#————-X-|—————-|—————-|—————-| R|—————-|x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|x-x-x-x———| S|————–o-|–o—o—o—o-|–o—o—o—o-|–o—o-ooo-o-oo| B|o—————|o–o-o——oo–|o–o-o——oo–|o–o-o—–o-o–| (Pre-Chorus) 1:13 C|X—————|—————-|X—————|—————-| H|X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-|X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-|–X-X-X-X-X-X-X-|X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-| S|–o—o—o—o-|–o—o—o—o-|–o—o—o—o-|–o—o—o—o-| B|o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-|o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-|o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-|o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-| H|–0-p—–0-p—|–0-p—–0-p—|–0-p—–0-p—|–0-p———–| S|—-o——-o—|—-o——-o-oo|—-o——-o—|—-o—oo–oooo| B|oo——oo——|oo——oo——|oo——oo——|oo—–o—o—-| (Chorus) 1:30 …

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Geek U.S.A

Drums: SC=Splash Cymbal C=Cymbal H=Hi-hat S=Snare T=Tom (you’ll have to figure out which one on your own, sorry) B=Bass F=Floor tom Intro C|—————-|o———–o—|————o—|—————-| H|x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-| S|oo-o-o-o-o-oooog|—-o——-o—|—-o——-o—|—-o——-oo–| T|—————-|—————-|—————-|————–oo| B|—————-|oo-o-o-o-o——|oo-o-o-o-o——|oo-o-o-o-o——| Play x4 / Play x1 / Play x2 / Play x1 / C|o———–o—|————o—|—————-| H|x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|x-x-xoxox-x-x-x-| S|—-o——-o—|—-o——-o—|o–o—–o–oooo| T|—————-|—————-|-o—o-o——–| B|oo-o-o-o-o——|oo-o-o-o-o——|———–o—-| Play x 1 / Play x2 / Play x1 / Verse …

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When I Come Around

bum – Dookie GREEN DAY Drummer – Tre Cool _________________________________________________________________________ Intro: H -x—x—x——-| S ————-oooo| B ———–oo—-| Intro(continued) C -x—————|——-x———|-x—————|——-x———| H —x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|-x-x-x—x-x-x-x-|—x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|-x-x-x——-x—| S —–o–o—-o–o|—–o——-o–o|—–o–o—-o–o|—–o—O—o-oo| B -o-oo-o–o-oo–o-|-o-o—o—oo-o–|-o-oo-o–o-oo-o–|-o-o—o–o-o—-| Pt 1:———-repeat—————-| C -x—————|——-x———|-x—————| H —x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|-x-x-x—x-x-x-x-|—x-x-x-x-x-x-x-| S —–o–o—-o–o|—–o——-o–o|—–o–o—-o–o| B -o-oo-o–o-oo-o–|-o-oo–o—oo-o–|-o-oo-o–o-oo-o–| Pt 1(continued) C ——-x———|-x—————|——-x—–x—|-x—————| H -x-x-x—x-x-x-x-|—x-x-x-x-x-x-x-|-x-x-x—x-x—x-|—x-x-x-x-x-x-x-| S —–o——-o–o|—–o–o—-o–o|—–o——-o—|—–o–o—-o–o| B -o-o—o—o–o–|-o-oo-o–o-oo-o–|-o-o—o—o–o–|-o-oo-o–o-oo-o–| ______________________________________________________ |1. |2. |3. | C ——-x———|——-x———|——-x———| H -x-x-x—x-x-x-x-|-x-x-x—x-x-x-x-|-x-x-x—x-x-x-x-| …

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Lose Yourself

Intro Timing: 70 HH|—————-|—————-|—————-|—————-| Sd|—————-|—————-|—————-|—————-| Bd|—————-|—————-|—————-|—————-| 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + HH|—————-|—————-|—————-|—————-| Sd|—————-|—————-|—————-|—————-| Bd|—————-|—————-|—————-|—————-| 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + …

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I Disappear

band=metallica song=i disappear inst_type=Drums body=I don’t know how right this will be, but i tried. keep hi hats loose entire song. the song starts with just the hi hats; i didn’t tab it. start right after it. Preverse: C|x–xx—x—x—x—x—x—x—x—x—x—x—x—x—xx-x| S|—-o——-o——-o——-o——-o——-o——-o—-o-o| B|o–o—-o-o—–o-o—–o-o—–o-o—–o-o—–o-o—–o—| Verse: H|x—x—x—x—x—x—x—x—x—x—x—x—x—x—x—x—| S|—-o——-o——-o——-o——-o——-o——-o——-o—| B|–o——-o–o–o———o–o–o———o–o–o———o—–| C|——————————————————–x-| H|x—x—x—x—x—x—x—x—x—x—x—x—x—x—x-| S|—-o——-o——-o——-o——-o——-o——-o—o-| B|–o——-o–o–o———o–o–o———o–o–o—–o—| C|x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-xx| S|—-o——-o——-o—-o| B|o–o—-o-o—–o-o—–o-| C|——————————————-x–x| H|x—x—x—x—x—x—x—x—x—x—x——| S|—-o——-o——-o——-o——-o——o—| …

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Given Up

Intro _x4_ ____x1____ e|—x–x—-x–x–x–x—| B|—x–x—-x–x–x–x—| G|—x–x—-x–x—-x–x—| D|—2–3—-2–3–2–3—| A|—2–3—-2–2–2–3—| E|—0–0—-0–0–0–0—| _x4_ ____x1____ e|—0–0—-0–0–0–0—| B|—0–0—-0–0–0–0—| G|—0–0—-0–0–0–0—| D|—2–3—-2–3–2–3—| A|—2–3—-2–2–2–3—| E|—0–0—-0–0–0–0—| WAKING TO SWEAT AGAIN ANOTHER DAYS BEEN LAID TO WASTE, IN MY DISGRACE, STUCK IN MY HEAD AGAIN FEELS LIKE ILL NEVER LEAVE THIS PLACE THERES NO ESCAPE. _______________x2_______________ e|—x–x—-0—-x–x–x–x—| B|—x–x—-1—-x–x–x–x—| G|—x–x—-2—-x–3–x–x—| D|—2–3—-2—-2–3–2–3—| A|—2–3—-0—-2–2–2–3—| E|—0–0—-0—-0–0–0–0—| I’M MY OWN …

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