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From my example I have a rhythmic slashes notation (stop time), how do I change some of them to a ghost notation? I know in regular notation you do an X, I think in slashes you do brackets, is that a correct way to do?

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  • 'Stop time' is a new one to me! Do you consider it the same as 'syncopation'? – Tim Feb 9 '20 at 11:20
  • Well Tim, syncopation is when the melody rhythm is off beat (weak beat), stop time is telling the player to do what he want but in the rhythm I wrote for him as slashes – Kurteran Feb 9 '20 at 11:26
  • How can he do what he wants, when it's written exactly as it needs to be played? Do you mean on different drums? – Tim Feb 9 '20 at 12:13
  • Well those are slashes and not notes, it doesn’t mean it’s a snare notes. The slashes can be either kick, snare HH toms or whatever the drummer thinks and want to do with that information. – Kurteran Feb 9 '20 at 12:29
  • Also, if you put that for bass, you put a chord symbol at top so that the player knows what to play on that chord scale, the same for piano or guitar, they have that rhythmic notation, but it’s not for specific notes or the way they suppose to play a chord – Kurteran Feb 9 '20 at 12:32
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Either/or! They can be written as 'x' or as real notes bracketed. It's less messy (and easier) to use 'x'. As long as the head is in the appropriate place - as your example for snare - then players will understand.

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