I have a drum score sheet music with 4/4 time signature in which the following portion is present. Drum score.

Now, I am unable to understand the symbols in the bar:

Drum bar

Also, what to repeat for the second Repeat 1 bar?


  1. I have removed the actual score to avoid copyright violation.
  2. Please also note the bar numbers.
  3. The actual sheet music is from this link: http://www.drumeo.com/blog/break-sticks-play-along/
  • There should be a legend defining the meaning of each of symbols. Mar 27, 2016 at 9:55
  • @davidstrachan: Okay the actual sheet music is from this link: drumeo.com/blog/break-sticks-play-along
    – ffslq
    Mar 27, 2016 at 10:00
  • 1
    The 4 slashes represent Free Fills or Solos Mar 27, 2016 at 10:02
  • 5
    This is fine, but for future reference you shouldn't need to blank anything out when the excerpt is just a few bars. Given that this is for educational and analytical purposes, and you've sourced it, it falls well within Fair Use.
    – user28
    Mar 28, 2016 at 1:53

2 Answers 2

  1. Counting Verse 1 from bar 5. Bar 5 & 6 are repeated 7 times to lead to bar 21. = 16 bars
  2. Bar 21 is repeated 6 times Then the 4 slashes / are played solo or freeform = 8 bars.
  3. These 8 bars are then repeated to come to bar 37
  • That's the only possibility. But I don't agree with the strange notations for the two repetitions. Is this the standard way to do so?
    – ffslq
    Apr 4, 2016 at 17:26
  • I have not seen this before, but I assume the author's software has no function for repeat signs and is just using text instead. Apr 4, 2016 at 18:46

I'm just going to keep it really simple: The measure in question is to be played 'free' or 'fill'. You can do whatever feels right musically to you, then continue on as you were playing before.

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