For long periods of the same rhythm I use slashes, 8 bars a line or whatever is 
structurally relevant, structural clues with thick barlines, big numbers at end 
of line (in brackets) to indicate how many bars have passed.

Steve P.

> On 23 Jan 2015, at 15:06, Craig Parmerlee <> wrote:
> In most of the big band charts I write, for the drummer I write a 
> measure or two with the suggest beat pattern, then turn the rest of the 
> measures into staff style Z so they will appear as a multi-measure rest 
> up to the next double bar.  If there are any important punches, I will 
> typically show those measures with slash notation and write the horn 
> rhythms in notes above the staff, letting the drummer figure out how 
> best to play that.  If there is an exact part I need played, I will show 
> those measures.  For example, there may be a particular tom-tom riff or 
> there may be a place where drums hit on 1 and then drop out.  I show all 
> those measures explicitly.
> But my question is about the sections where the drummer is just carrying 
> along.  I show those as multi-measure rests and put the indication 
> "(Continue)" above the MM rest.  This gives a really clean, compact part 
> and allows the drummer to play more artistically instead of trying to 
> read a very cluttered chart.  But there is an ambiguity with the MM 
> rests.  I am using the same look whether the drummer is continuing to 
> play a pattern or whether the drums are out for a section.  My 
> "(Continue)" marking attempts to clarify that, but I wonder how others 
> deal with this.
> I think what I'd really like is two different visual styles of MM rest 
> -- one for playing and one for resting.
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