DRUM CHART BUILDER SUPPORT
GETTING STARTED USING DRUM CHART BUILDER
Learn About the Main Features
In this video we will discuss the main features of the program and how to use them to build a simple chart.
Learn How to Create a Setlist
In this video we will discuss the main features of the program on how to build a setlist after your charts are built for your performances
Learn About Song Form and How to Create a Map of a Song.
In this video we will discuss what is a verse, chorus so you will understand how to count and identify the different parts of a song and use it as a map. This will help you play a song correctly from start to finish.
Learn How to Count Out the Song Form, Add Fills and Drum Patterns.
In this video we will discuss how to listen to a song and identify the song form of a song. We demonstrate how to add fills and drum patterns to create a simple one page drum chart of a song. This method is very popular with working drummers and teachers.
Learn how to use the auto count to help you count out the song form.
In this video we will discuss and demonstrate how to use a feature to count out the measure automatically. We discuss how to use the metronome to tap out the tempo.
Learn how to use the looper to repeat a musical phrase.
In this video we will discuss and demonstrate how to use the looper feature to help with counting and listens to drum patterns.
Details on Using Drum Chart Builder
Details on the Main Page and Options Page
Use the main page to view, organize and build new charts and setlists. Select Options button to set global setting such as changing chart and setlist fonts, setting metronome clink to stop after 1 to 2 to 4 bars in the viewer mode and more.
Details on the blank chart
After selecting new chart from the chart manager you will be able to start charting using the blank chart template.
The program was designed to look just like the charts in the book, How to Write a Fast and Easy Drum Chart.
Book is available at easydrumchart.com
Details on the drum pattern library and editor.
Use the preset library and pattern editor to add patterns to your charts. The quick preset library has all the basic and advanced patterns to add to your chart. The fast pattern editor makes it easy to change patterns and relabel parts if needed. Add custom patterns to your own library for quick access.
Details on how to make your charts look best.
While building your chart, select the viewer icon to go back and forth between the editor and viewer to see how your chart is going to look in your viewing device. Moving bars up and down in your chart or making notation smaller will help make the chart view better on a single page.
Charts view better when only 8 blocks are used in each row. Use the “Hide Bar Label” (Song Form, Bars, Drum Instruction) to remove or add to save space and allow more bars to be added to your chart.
Details on how to build a setlist for a performance
Open Setlist maker and select the + and - keys to add “New Songs”. Choose “new song” to open a dropdown list of all the songs in the drum chart manager.
Select first song in your setlist and all charts will open one by one in the view mode to be scrolled through to play each chart in the set. Select anywhere at the top of the chart with your finger to start the metronome for the count in. To edit your chart, select the menu on the top right hand side and select Edit to return chart to the edit mode. Save your chart after the edit and reopen in your setlist.
All charts have to be in the chart manager first before a new setlist can be built
Short Tips on Using Drum Chart Builder
Quick Tips on how teachers and use Drum Chart Builder for their students.
Drum Chart Builder can be used for making drum scores and new reading lessons for students. Here is a Quick Tip to using the program to help your students read music better and they can create their own drum music. Students can have their own accounts and bring in their iPads or tablets to lessons so teachers can open their accounts and build any type of drum notation the will help them understand how to read music. The program is browser-based so anything you do in their account stays there for them to review.
Quick Tips on how to hide bar labels to make more room on a chart
Learn how to use remove bar labels making more room to add song forms. Learn how to remove the drum patterns title field to make your chart fit better on your viewer.
Quick Tips on how to move bars .
Quick tip on moving bars up and down to best view charts on a mobile device.
Quick Tips adding and adjusting bars to a chart.
This is a quick video on adjusting the measures of your charts in the chart editor and viewer so you can make your chart look right on your mobile device.
Drum Chart Builder 2.0, The Progressive App
How to Use the New Update
How to Read a Drum Chart
How to Read a Drum Chart.
This is a quick instructional video on how to read and easy one page drum chart.
Listen and Count a Simple Drum Chart
Listen to the song and watch how to count while playing and reading a drum chart.
Frequently Asked Questions About Drum Chart Builder
Time Signature Changes
You can change time signatures in a chart two different ways.
Split up the song form and label each group of measure with the different time signatures.
Such as Verse is a total of 8 measure and the 5th measure is in 2/4. See example
Label one block as Verse 4 the next block as Verse 1 @ 2/4 and one block Verse 3 measures.
If I do not change the block with a different time signature then it is the original time signature.
Another way is to just use one block and split it up with / a slash mark and add time signature changes.
This is the way I like to do it so I don't use to much space. ex: 4/4 | 2/4 | 4/4. see image
How Do I Add Repeats to My Chart
Drum chart builder was not designed to add repeats. The idea was to build a chart where we do not have to think about repeats, first and second endings, codas DC or DS. We wanted users to be able to just read the chart down. It is a simple way to read a chart. Beginner drummers like this approach because they are new at reading and counting.
For advanced drummers, you can add a text to a tier to say REPEAT 4X'S. This is a good space saver on your chart if the song you are charting is very long.
See the example.
How Do I Notate 2 Two Bar Patterns and 1 Bar Patterns in my Chart
Drum chart builder was designed for working drummers who don't need a lot of notation to read. So you have to be creative in your chart to fit just what you need to play the chart. If you need to add more notation to your chart try this.
Choose the pattern that is not to complicated and notate the bass drum pattern in the third tier of the song form.
Use the 4 spaces available for the two 2 bar patterns and notate pattern 2 and 3 at the bottom of your chart.
This will keep you chart as one page.
See the example.
See if this technique works for you.
Zoom In and Out
To make charts fit better in the viewer, try using the zoom in and out icons. The program remembers what size it was last used in.
Questions from Users
How Do I Move Measures?
By using the quick dropdown menu, you can move, delete and insert 3 tier blocks in your charts.
Answers Videos from Staff
How do I adjust measures to fit in pdf?
Here is a quick video on how to move the tiers to fit better in your viewer.
Streamline your charts and simplify for easy reading and viewing.
As you build your charts, always check to see how your chart is going to look when you are using the view mode at your gigs. Do this as you build your charts to make sure your charts look right and fit right.
Answers Videos from Staff
Question about screen size
Here is a quick video on how each browser works with Drum Chart Builder.
Answers Videos from Staff
96 Song to chart and the band leaves in two weeks.
At a rehearsal, you are given 5 pages of measure after measure of music to play.
Auditions, how to do you prepare?
Bands and shows, how do you keep organized?
Many drummers every day are faced with this problem and are forced to solve the problem either by hoping they can memorize all the songs or