Some short notes about what all abbreviations mean and what file format to use for what purpose
These pages about rhythms, drumming, and notation got mainly 2 purposes:
One is, they should provide me a space to quickly navigate all
rhythms that I have collected and that I like to play. Second, the same
should apply to befriended fellow drummers. That's it.
For anything else, feel free to write an e-mail message.
Basically, if you do not know what these abbreviations mean just try them out. If it works then it's fine. If not forget about it. That's why I am offering everything in more than 1 format.
TXT crude but easy and small and everybody can read it (= ASCII) explained in My Plain Text Notation in ASCII-Format GIF good for WWW browsers, good for viewing on-line PNG the successor of GIF, like GIF but better TIF high quality raw data, only for those who know what it is (= TIFF) JPG in some cases JPG delivers smaller files than PNG PDF these are generally very good looking and highly recommended a few of them are copies of Raphael Kronberger's YAPP PS same like PDF, but most people can only read PDF, some prefer PS MID very small and simple files for audio, just try them (= MIDI) MIDI does not sound like real Djembe but you'll get an idea of it MP3 high quality audio files, much bigger than MIDI of course OGG even higher quality audio files, slightly better than MP3, and completely open, and patent-free (see www.vorbis.com) PCC notation that can be played and modified with Percussion Studio
I do not believe that the correct, orginal,
perfect, or simply right notation of a rhythm could
ever be found. Every notation differs at least slightly. Some differ so
much that you think it's about another rhythm. Moreover, a notation does
not make a rhythm, and every drummer will play it differently.
Nevertheless, you are welcome to send any feedback, corrections and suggestions to me. You might want to check out other notations by exploring the "External links" (such as [wap] and [djembe.net]) provided on each rhythm's page, or simply search the web to see how different notations can be.
In my listings of rhythms you will find links to "Michas Original(zettel)".
These are short paper clips ("Papierschnipsel") with Micha's (see below)
original hand writing. They are here mainly for collectors. These snippets
are guarded with great honor and they are kept in secret pockets though they
are often shown to others with gleamy proudness. The rhythms on "Michas
Originalzettel" are never complete. They are always a little different,
and they offer worlds to explore.
"Michas Originalzettel" and many of the rhythms therein are genuine copyrighted material. Please, keep that in mind.
I was lucky to meet Micha Schwarz when I started to discover what groove means. He gave me a Djembe, he showed me that something closed can actually be wide open, and like every good teacher he never said what is right and what is wrong instead he just sat there and invited us to see and hear for ourselves. Nothing to add here.
Explanation of rhythms’ listing
Last modification: 2010-05-08
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