The Unmarch – Snare Drum Solo

The Unmarch – Snare Drum Solo

This snare drum solo is in 7/8 odd-time, making it quite "un-march-able."

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Many drummers find 7/8 easier to read and play if they count it as if it were in 4/4 time, except that the last 8th note is missing. For example, full measures of 8th notes in 7/8 time can be counted like this:

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 etc.

Notice that the “&” after beat 4 is removed.

If you’d rather count this piece in a “technically correct” way, full measures of 8th notes in 7/8 time are technically counted like this:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 etc.

Sixteenth notes are counted like this:

1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 & 7 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 & 7 &

Take note of the D.S. al Fine on the last bar. That means to go back to “the sign” (measure 13) and play until “Fine” (measure 21), which is the end of the snare solo.

I hope you enjoy this snare solo. If you do, feel free to like and share. We’d also enjoy hearing your feedback in the comments below. Keep drumming!

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