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The Drum Chart Builder Viewer for Drum Chart Builder Users

The Drum Chart Builder Viewer for Drum Chart Builder Users
Will Be Available in the App Store.

This app will enable you to view drum charts and setlists offline on your mobile device.
Features will include:

view all charts and setlists,
drawing tool for edits.
Loads fast and moves fast.


You must have an account with Drum Chart Builder
Being a user, I found that this app was needed so I commissioned the developer to create the app.
The ISO version will be first followed by the Android and you will have to have a Drum Chart Builder account to use it.
I will send an announcement when it is available.

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Nashville drum teacher simplifies craft with technology

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Drum some rhythmic frivolity into 2016 with private or group drumming lessons. Liz Ficalora, a professional drummer and teacher based in Nashville, has created several programs to help drummers learn their craft more easily.

Ficalora’s style of teaching prepares students for all types of musical performances. An individual interested in pursuing drums must only to have a desire to do so. Skills, like hand and foot techniques, ear training and reading music, can be taught. With passion and practice, drumming can be gradually improved in as little as four months.

“The drums are a fantastic instrument that enables one to use all of their limbs to create a beat,” she says.

The first three months of lessons focus on coordinating music theory with physical body motions. If students have previous musical training, Ficalora will review their education and recommend new techniques or skills to help them reach their individual drumming goals.

To help teach students music theory, Ficalora devised a way to create a “musical map” of a song. Drummers need to understand an entire song to form a rhythmic pattern, she says. By visualizing how a song or piece of music is built, they can determine time signatures and find the song’s groove.

“I was taught how to read drum music, but no one taught me how to write out drum music,” Ficalora says. “There were no books available to teach how to write a drum chart, so I decided to write my first how-to book, called ‘How to Write a Fast and Easy Drum Chart.’ ” The book, published by Alfred Music Publishing, is available

Drum charts map out a song’s form: intro, verse, chorus, bridge, solo, tag and ending. Drummers must then count how many musical measures or bars are in each song. Once the song form is devised, drummers will listen and determine what drum patterns flow together successfully with all types of songs.

For example, Ficalora says: “Play a simple rock beat for the intro and a more energetic beat for the verses to choruses. Usually I listen to a beat and notate it on paper for my students to see so they will learn how to recognize the pattern visually. All my students write out their own drum charts using the simple method I developed.”

Ficalora saw a need for a computer program that would create a drum chart on demand wherever a musician might be playing. The web-based software program Drum Chart Builder,, allows drummers to readily access and create their own drum music.

Prospective students or musicians can contact Ficalora about lessons or other drumming-related questions at 615-477-4287 or

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Berklee Today Magazine, Alumni Notes

Berklee Today Alumni Notes

Berklee College of Music Recognizes 78' Alumni 

Liz Ficalora releases new drum charting software program called Drum Chart Builder for building one page drum charts on any device.


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Creating a Demo CD

How To Promote Yourself And Make Money

Let’s say you meet a busy record executive or producer and they need to hear you play right away. A Demo CD is always a good thing to have for that moment. Busy executives and producers will not have time to go to your website and most likely they will just forget anyway. So hand them a CD if they request it. They might just listen to it in their car on the way home.

When you put together a CD, make it a short 3 minute demo. Use small parts of about 6 of your best songs. Editing the songs with audio editing software is very helpful. Use fade in and fade out on all songs and connect them so they fade from one into the next one. It makes a very impressive CD.

Make sure you use songs that work with the style of music they are use to working with. They might hand it to other producers that are doing the same.

Label the CD with:

  1. You name and contact information
  2. Your website address
  3. List of songs and style of each song

Make sure your recordings are great quality wave files. Mp3’s don’t always sound great. I only trust a wave file for my material and I recommend that you do the same.

This month work on the CD project and spend time choosing your songs carefully. Be who you are and use your best stuff that represents your style the best. Edit all the audio tracks and create all the fade in and fade out sequences. Use your computer and design a label and insert for the CD.


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Collect Email Address Of Songwriters And Artist

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Collecting email address of Songwriters and Artist is a very effective way to keep in touch and keep you on their list of people to call when they are in need of a drummer.

Send out a monthly or weekly email to your list and keep in touch. Find out what they are doing and keep your name in front of all the other drummers who are trying to get the gig.

Write a quick and short email so you know they will read it if it is short and to the point.
Make sure that you create a short and to the point subject line so the songwriter and artist know that it is you and not junk mail.

Use these points:

Tell them where you are playing next
Tell them who you are playing with
Invite them to come out
Give them your phone number again and tell them to call if they can use your service.
Always have at least three links to your website.

This month, start to organize and collect email address of as many songwriters, band members, managers, producers, record label personnel, artists, composers, engineers, anyone that works in a studio, anyone that works for artist management.
Just about anyone that you meet who is in the music industry. Then create a simple email to keep in touch with your list. It is gold, take care of your list.

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Going to Songwriters Nights

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How To Promote Yourself And Make Money

I have been hired more times at songwriter’s nights than in any other way.

Go to Songwriters nights and meet the performing songwriters.
Ask for their email addresses and keep in touch.

Songwriters always need demo’s recorded and are constantly play out to get their songs heard.

Offer your services to them as a percussionist and drummer and be flexible with your time.
Play out as often as you can with them. Remember they know other songwriters so when you work with them and get that exposure , you will meet other songwriters who will also use your services.
It can snowball and you can be working a lot.

When I first moved to Nashville that is what I did and now I produce, play and engineer their songs in my studio. So it pays to play with everyone and keep in touch.