Welcome To The Future of Drum Charts.com Where We Provide Drum Charts and Transcriptions of the Highest Professional Quality for Artists, Musical Projects and Drummers. Find out how they can improve your musical project and make things easier.
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Samples of Drum Charts and Transcriptions:
Here is a list of artists I have written drum charts and transcriptions for:
- 3 months working as a cruise ship show band drummer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
- 6 months of intermittent touring of Canada and the U.S.A. as a professional backing musician
- In 7.5 years as a full time working musician I have just crossed the milestone of having performed on over 1000 gigs and recording sessions
- I have performed and recorded with original artists as well as cover bands in many styles and under all sorts of conditions (performing with rehearsal/without rehearsal, performing with charts/without charts, performing music I am familiar with/music I am not familiar with, performing with a click track/without a click track, performing with a band leader/without a band leader
- Bachelors Degree in Music (Carleton University, 2007)
- 1.5 years of study with Juno Award winning drummer and Humber College of music faculty member Paul Delong (David Clayton Thomas, Kim Mitchell)
- 2 Lessons with world class drummer and Head of Percussion Studies at Humber College Mark Kelso (Gino Vannelli, James Taylor, Michael Buble)
- 4 years of lessons with world class drum set instructor Chuck R. Burrows
- 1 Lesson with world class jazz drummer Ian Froman (Mike Stern)
- 1 group master class with Randy Cooke (Kelly Clarkson, Ringo Starr)
- I have attended many educational drum clinics provided by world class musicians
- Approximately 8 years of piano lessons
I am available to write professional drum charts and transcriptions for musical artists, musical projects and drummers in any musical style. All I require is a recording of the appropriate version of the musical pieces and a list of any instructions the artist/project manager may have. All of the drum charts can be written in a way which utilizes the same road map style used in any charts that an artist may already have written for other instruments so that section markings will be compatible. I can even coordinate efforts with another arranger who is involved in a project who is writing charts for other instruments.
The charts can be as detailed or as basic as an artist needs them to be. They can be A) basic form charts showing the structure of the song B) moderately detailed charts that include basic suggested grooves/fills/rhythmic punctuations/stops C) full note for note/bar by bar transcriptions of the drum parts, or they can fall somewhere in between these three methods depending on what is needed. The charts can be edited and updated to reflect changes in the music as a project evolves over time.
The drum charts and transcriptions are provided by email in PDF form but can be provided in other file formats as well.
My chart writing style and method follows standard music notation practices and is professionally tested on a very regular basis (I am always writing charts for myself which I use on over 120 professional performances and recording sessions per year at festivals, weddings, corporate events, restaurants and recording studios). I am also available to work as a copyist (to create electronic notation versions of already existing charts) and to work as an editor (to clean up drum set notation and make existing charts more clear).
Artists (original, cover and tribute) may require drum charts for a number of reasons:
- Artists who work with numerous backing bands/house bands while on tour may require charts to help make the performance of their music more consistent from concert to concert/city to city.
- Artists who are putting together musically/organizationally complex music projects such as big bands, musical theater orchestra pit bands, wedding/corporate bands, jazz fusion groups, progressive rock bands, large world music ensembles (as well as many other types of projects) may benefit musically and logistically from having professional drum charts written for their projects to help reduce rehearsal time and make it easier for fill in musicians to work with the group when needed.
- Artists who are publishing the sheet music for their compositions, putting together a music education book (method book) or having a portion of their music notated for publication in a magazine article will obviously benefit from having professional drum charts written.
- Composers who would like a professional drum set players take on how best to notate the drum set parts in their pieces may benefit from having a professional drum set player notate (without changing the part musically) the already composed parts, or from having a professional drummer re notate the already composed/notated parts (again without changing the part musically) in order to make the parts as clear and as easy to read as possible for the musicians.
- Artists entering the recording studio with a session drummer may want to have basic structure charts available in order to make the process smoother and to save studio time.
- Producers who are organizing show case events in which many artists will be performing 1 or 2 songs each (live or in studio) with the same backing band, will benefit greatly from having professional drum charts written (perhaps in conjunction with the charts made for other instruments) as this will save rehearsal time and help the music to be performed to the satisfaction of each artist.
- Artists that work with (or anticipate needing to work with) numerous fill in musicians on a regular basis (especially if on short notice) will benefit from having drum charts for their music as well.
This service is called “The Future of Drum Charts” because my love of music and my experience as a full time professional freelance drummer has taught me that drum charts are valuable on a professional and artistic level and that they will likely become more commonly and effectively used in the future. Many of the drum charts and transcriptions I have come across in my professional experience have been unclear, misleading, have contained incorrect notation/technical errors and have actually gotten in the way of the music because of these problems. A proper drum chart should have the opposite of these characteristics and should not get in the way of the music. It is for these reasons that I have dedicated myself to trying to produce the highest quality professional drum charts and transcriptions in the world in order to promote a better artistic/professional environment for drummers and all musicians in the future.
For more info, to find out if drum charts could benefit your musical project, or for a free estimate for your project, feel free to contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org