As is the case for all drummers, for me, it's a great fun to find weird rhythmic patterns and to practice over basic beats to create some tension in the straight sections of various songs. However, due to their sick nature it's difficult for me to read these short pieces of tricky beats while playing. If I try to memorize them my trick bag becomes very limited during the heat of the song. Moreover I would like to have access to those things in the rehersals etc.
So I was trying to find ways of shortening my writing or finding better notational shortcuts. After 15 years or so I've re-remembered Steve Vai's Tempo Mental page and it's great to see that it's not aging a bit. No matter what you play, I would really recommend that you digest that short but very rich text.
On that page ( Here is the link ), there is this rare gem
which is mind-boggling at first since the triplets are tied from the middle but after some time you can figure it out (it took some time for me to get it and I still remember after so many years how I did it) that it's actually two triplet beats followed by two eighteenths (which again takes some to time to switch to and from comfortably). So the lengths are 1/12, 1/12, 1/18, 1/18, 1/8,1/8...
So after this, I would like to ask if there are any other sources that can teach more of these notational cleverness or new signs or even some software (similar to Ear Master etc.) that can generate these unconventional shortcuts. I would really appreciate if you can direct me to sources that concentrate on such aspects of notation or sight reading. I've written down many of these for myself but it's always good to seek out for smarter people out there.
The only thing I've managed to find so far is a bunch of software that detach and place orphan triplet beats here and there towards the end of the beat such that you have to keep track of that missing beat over the whole bar.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not one of those if it is difficult it should be better type of people. But experience shows that the better I get at these, the quicker I can switch on polyrhythms, subdivisions etc. so this is for my personal development kit.
I think this is not a duplicate of How To Improve My Sightreading? hence the question but feel-free to mark it CW if this is too broad.