The Professional Drummer Mike McCraw


This is what a quick chart typically looks like.

So you have a gig coming up and you aren’t really up to speed on the songs.  You want to be spot on but with the gig mere days away, you really don’t have time to sit down and learn 80 songs by listening to them and essentially cramming for the gig like you did for your high school biology exams.

The answer is right as the trademarked Quick Charts provide you with the information to sound authentic but are still easily readable.

On the example above, you have a column that looks a little like math.  However, the column merely shows the phrases, I=introduction, V=verse, P/C=Pre-Chorus, C=Chorus, with numbers 1, 2, 3 and so on which is shorthand for first verse or second chorus.  You also see (x)  or (s) which simply means (x) is the cross stick on the snare or (s) is the normal stick to snare head sound.  Out to the middle of the page, you can see a one bar written drum groove which is played throughout that particular phrase with even more instruction to the right which notes anything that is different than the rest of the phrase.  If you look at P/C1 on the sample chart provided, you will see on the right hand side “L. 2” which means that these are the last 2 bars of the phrase.

Using these charts, you can sit down and work through the songs on your own with a minimum amount of time investment.