How to Play the Drum
A score for the drums?
The score cannot be played as is
Drum music also uses five-line staves, with cymbals indicated with an "X" and drums indicated with a dot. However, there is no clear standard for associating the lines on the staff with a particular drum tone, and so the drum played for a given note varies with each person. The configuration of a drum kit also varies from person to person, and so each person looks at the score and decides for themselves which notes correspond to which drums. When the rhythm pattern changes and the score only contains the instruction "fill in," the drummer must improvise a fill. More roughly composed work might have only the term "bossa nova" and a squiggly line, at which point the drummer is supposed to play whatever bossa nova rhythm he knows.