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Drum Chart and Song Track Play Along

Love Sneakin Up on You

Bonnie Raitt

Feel R&B, Time Signature 4/4, Tempo 95 BPM, Drum Start with a Pickup


Play this chart!

I wanted to post this chart so you could try reading and playing along with a cool song.

This chart was built using Drum Chart Builder a software program that I designed to go along with my book.
I used Knowledge Rocks software to add the counting motion making it easy for you to understand how to read a one-page chart like this.
Then I used Adobe Captivate to add highlight boxes so you could easily see how to play the correct pattern for each song form
Count and follow the song form as you play. This charting method is simple, fast and easy to build all of your charts so you don't have to memorize anymore.
Give it a try and have fun with the play along.

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Drum Teachers, Teaching Ideas Using Drum Chart Builder

Hi Drum Teachers,

Since the release of Drum Chart Builder, a drum charting software program, I have found more uses for the program beyond just charting a song so I wanted to share my experiences with you.

I use Drum Chart Builder as a teaching tool.

My students have accounts and bring in their iPads or tablets to lessons and we open their accounts and build any type of drum notation the will help them understand how to read music.
You can always open their accounts on your iPad or tablet at their lessons so you are not limited if they don’t bring in their iPad. The program is browser based so anything you do in their account stays there for them to review.

I have found that when I can see how they interpret a song and notation using Drum Chart Builder, I get a better understanding of how they listen and learn.
Your students like technology so they will use the program. It’s fast and easy.
This was truly an interesting find. My students really like using the program and they are used to using iPads all the time and come up with ideas of their own.

Here is a One Drum Chart Builder Quick Tips to using the program to help your students read music better and they can create their own drum music.

Teachers Quick tip on Using Drum Chart Builder as a tool for your students

Thanks for viewing the video and I hope you give Drum Chart Builder a try and see for yourself how your students can benefit.

Liz Ficalora

Pro Drummer and Teacher
CEO and Designer of

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New App – Now You Can View Your Drum Charts Offline

Drum Chart Viewer
For Drum Chart Builder Users
Don’t have a Drum Chart Builder Account Click Here
Download from the App Store Today

After building your charts in Drum Chart Builder use the new app for viewing all charts and setlists offline.

While playing a gig at a golf course resort, I noticed that the wifi was not working at the speed I needed. After talking to the developer, we decided to release Drum Chart Viewer for offline use. This app is free to all users and only works if you have a drum chart builder account. All setlists look great in the app and you can change the font. The app works great on all IOS devices so on your iPad and iPhones the charts and setlists are very clear and easy to read. As you build charts in Drum Chart Builder all charts are automatically saved to the app.

You will enjoy the speed of this app for viewing all charts and setlists. Since it is only for viewing charts and setlists we added a drawing tool so users could edit all charts fast. Highlight song forms and corresponding drum patterns so it makes playing and viewing charts clearer and faster. Cross out any sections to change song form fast.

I feel this is a great addition to the Drum Chart Builder program and we intend to keep listening to our user and add more features.
Go to the app store and download this fast and quick app.

Drum Chart Builder Tips 
#1 Best browser to use is Chrome or Firefox or Safari. Internet Explorer is not recommended.

#2 It’s faster to build charts and setlists on your computer then take your mobile device to your gigs to edit.

#3 Download the Free Drum Chart Viewer app in the app store to view charts offline when WiFi is not available.

#4  Need drum charting instruction? Go to to purchase the PDF How to Write a Fast and Easy Drum Chart.

#5 If you need help charting, send us a pdf or jpeg of your chart and we will make some suggestions.

Help You Build Your Charts
Link to Quick Start Video’s  (links are also available in the help menu.)
Link to Drum Charting Quick Tips
How to Read A Drum Chart
NEW PDF Book on Drum Charting Basics and How to Use Drum Chart Builder.

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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

Liz in Studio 300 pix 2THE TENNESSEAN –  JANUARY 2016

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.