DRUMMERWORLD OFFICIAL DISCUSSION FORUM   

Go Back   DRUMMERWORLD OFFICIAL DISCUSSION FORUM > Drum Technique

Drum Technique Tips - Tricks - Practice - Rudiments - Educational DVDs & Books.....

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 03-12-2018, 01:25 PM
AndeeT AndeeT is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 239
Default N.C in drum notation

Hi,

Hopefully this will be a quickie.

I am trying to improve my reading so bought a bunch of second hand drum mags and am trying to read/play through the songs they have notated.

Most of the weird symbols I come across I have googled and get the idea but one I still dont get is N.C written above a bar. This seems to come up in almost every transcription in the magazines.

Google tells me it means no chord. I dont quite get what it means even for instruments that can play harmonies....and I have no idea what it means for percusssion.

Can anyone shed some light please?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-12-2018, 02:27 PM
Odd-Arne Oseberg's Avatar
Odd-Arne Oseberg Odd-Arne Oseberg is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Sykkylven, Mre og Romsdal, Norway
Posts: 3,249
Default Re: N.C in drum notation

Play melody as written with no added chordal accompaniment.

It is relevant for a drummer as you too know what's going on aka musician and part of the group, not just someone who plays the drums.
__________________
So, kick drum...or...bass drum? I'll tell you what. If it's 18" or less, it's a FOOT TOM.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-12-2018, 03:15 PM
toddbishop toddbishop is offline
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 3,939
Default Re: N.C in drum notation

In a transcription it would indicate that the drummer is playing a solo break, or is playing behind just the singer or a melody instrument.
__________________
Visit Cruise Ship Drummer! - a drumming blog | 2017 CSD! Book of the Blog now available
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-12-2018, 05:34 PM
Rochelle, Rochelle's Avatar
Rochelle, Rochelle Rochelle, Rochelle is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: The ATX
Posts: 106
Default Re: N.C in drum notation

I've seen people who do their own transcriptions use N.C. to mean "no crash" above a repeated bar. Probably not something they would do in a magazine, but that took me a while to figure out.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-13-2018, 07:07 AM
AndeeT AndeeT is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 239
Default Re: N.C in drum notation

Cheers all.

So in the context of instruments that can play harmony, the composer is essentially saying ‘don’t mess around trying to play chords, just play the melody that I’ve written’?

I didn’t know it was common for those players to try and intersperse written melody with their own chords? I would have thought they just played what was written? Then again, for guitar, I only read TAB, and I don’t understand harmony enough to just drop in chords that I know would fit....

So for drummers it’s there to let you know what’s going on around you, so you don’t freak out if the chords suddenly drop out of the song ?

Looking through more of the magazines, the N.C’s seem to come up when there is a bar of ‘slash notation’. So, with the slashes and the N.C, the composer is saying, the harmony will drop out, but the drums repeat the previous bar, but can play some variation?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-13-2018, 11:44 AM
Morrisman's Avatar
Morrisman Morrisman is offline
Gold Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: South Australia
Posts: 1,461
Default Re: N.C in drum notation

No chord generally means all the rhythm section instruments stop for a bar, especially rhythm guitar and bass, probably drums too. If it didn't say NC, the guitar, etc. would keep strumming the previous chord.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-13-2018, 11:46 AM
Morrisman's Avatar
Morrisman Morrisman is offline
Gold Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: South Australia
Posts: 1,461
Default Re: N.C in drum notation

The other situation for NC is where the band all play a riff rather than chords.

The opening of 'Smoke on the Water' would say NC until the bass line comes in, because until then its just the guitar riff.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are Off
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off




All times are GMT +2. The time now is 07:05 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Bernhard Castiglioni's DRUMMERWORLD.com