I came across the following notation which I couldn't find in any guides to drum TAB notation:

"3 Libras" drum part, mm. 27 – 32

It resembles a small x note lying directly on the 2nd stave line from the top (i.e., a D4 in the treble clef), with a mark above it like a tenuto line but rising up at the end like __/

Any ideas what this means?

For audio reference, this score is from "3 Libras" by A Perfect Circle.

  • What does it sound like when you listen to the recording at that point?
    – Tim
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 10:49
  • @Tim youtu.be/EoqXDPbivFs?t=66 it does indeed sound like a ride cymbal.
    – Poo2uhaha
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 17:14

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It means to play the cymbal (ride, in this case) on its edge, as opposed to on the bell.

As per the drum guides at MIT and at Online Drummer.

From the MIT guide

Image of cymbal on edge and on bell notations

From the Online Drummer guide

Image of cymbal crash, edge (tip), and bell notations

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    As an erstwhile drummer, I play ride cymbal on its edge as the usual situation. I'd expect the dots to say otherwise, not the norm.
    – Tim
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 17:50

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