506 – [Daniel Glass Show]: How to Read Charts

In this podcast, Daniel discusses why charts are an important tool in making a musician’s life easier and more successful, and how they can do the same for you, even if you don’t read music.

What’s covered in this session:

  • Some common fears and objections that drummer have when it comes to learning to read music and implement charts.
  • Four key benefits from working with charts:
    • They provide a VISUAL way of understanding music.
    • They eliminate the need to memorize music, which can be time consuming and unreliable.
    • They can help to clarify our understanding of rhythm in general, by forcing us to precisely articulate our musical ideas.
    • They can make us much more employable, by allowing us to play gigs with minimal or no rehearsal.
  • How the ability to read and utilize charts has helped Daniel develop a strong career as a professional, travel the world and work with all kinds of incredible artists.
  • Four common types of charts you are likely to encounter in your work as a musician:
    • Sheet music
    • Lead sheet
    • Formal drum chart
    • Homemade chart (aka “cheat sheet”)
  • An analysis of several charts, including a lead sheet for “Straight, No Chaser.” Chart elements discussed include:
    • Form
    • Chord Progression
    • Melodic contour and runs
    • Rhythmic Melodies
  • Cheat sheets:
    • How they can be tailored to any drummer’s individual needs.
    • Why you don’t need to be able to read music to create them.
    • How they’ve been effectively used by all types of professional drummer, including Daniel, Peter Erskine and Josh Freese.

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