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Old 04-19-2017, 02:30 PM
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Am a little confused with this,what is exactly the position of a snare drum on drum staff? Some put it on the third line whereas others on the third space. Where exactly must the snare drum be on the staff.Thanks
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Old 04-19-2017, 03:02 PM
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As you say, it does vary. There's often a key which explains the position of each drum on the stave. As drums aren't pitched, I don't think there is a "right" place as such, except in relation to the other drums - is there?
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Old 04-19-2017, 03:07 PM
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It can be in various places.
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Old 04-19-2017, 03:09 PM
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In books it varies and I've seen many things, but for most sheet music today it is the 2nd space from the top (C2 in treble clef.)

There is a norm for drum kit and deviating from it, like some do, is really just creating confusion and asking for trouble.

In a mulit instrument percussion score it will always be written, though. It stays losely with the norm there too, but if that's too cluttered or makes it unnecessary hard to read, there might be some variety.

I've seen snare notated in all the spaces but the lowest one.

Old marches are often the top space.
So, kick drum...or...bass drum? I'll tell you what. If it's 18" or less, it's a FOOT TOM.
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