Can someone please help me identify this drum symbol?

Drum Symbol

It's from the second bar here:

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  • Could you maybe provide a complete example where it is used exactly that way? Commented Apr 20, 2016 at 8:27
  • Hi Matthias, I can post the full purcussion line where this occurs, e.g.: 4 bar stave. Commented Apr 20, 2016 at 10:01
  • Hmm, I looked for references but I didn't find the particular symbol anywhere. Perhaps it is just a crash cymbal, but it's strange because you would expect a normal x like you see it before. Is this from a song or an excercise. Where did you get it? Commented Apr 20, 2016 at 11:02
  • It comes directly from the 'Futurama Theme' which I purchased from sheet music plus - sheetmusicplus.com/title/futurama-theme-digital-sheet-music/…. It contains an audio representation of the sheet music, so you should be able to hear the questioned cymbal at the end. Commented Apr 20, 2016 at 12:53

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I have never seen something like this before and couldn't find anything either, so my guess would be that it's a crash cymbal that lasts a whole note (semibreve). I'm guessing it's shaped like that to resemble the whole note.


Some of the references say that its a Ride cymbal which is similar to the hi-hats which is played on the imaginary line above the measure. Actually the 'x' sits on the line and that is the reason it looks like a star.

  • Hi Shwetha, I'm trying to work out how long the length of the cymbal is. I presume it is the same length as a piano sembibreve, but I'm not sure. Commented Apr 23, 2016 at 5:37

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