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WRITING DRUM MUSIC NEATLY ON YOUR COMPUTER
 
This is the system I use for writing all the drum music you will find on this site. I use a bitmap template I drew (see the much smaller version below). I open it with microsoft paint and use the selection tool to copy, paste and move the various elements around from the 'selection area' to the 'worktop' to assemble the music phrases or passages I want. As each bar or measure is complete I cut it and paste it onto another instance of paint which I eventually save as the project I am working on or i paste it directly into Word etc.
Make sure you have unchecked the 'draw opaque' option in the 'image' section of the menu bar on the program. It may seem a bit of a slow way of doing things but you will get very good at it (coming up with all sorts of short-cuts) and it is very neat.
To get started, upload the bitmap template from this link here:

click here to download file

musicwrit.jpg

Good luck and have fun...