Explanation of rhythms’ listing

Some short notes about what all abbreviations mean and what file format to use for what purpose


In General

These pages about rhythms, drumming, and notation got mainly 2 purposes: One is, they should provide me a space to quickly navigate all rhythms that I have collected and that I like to play. Second, the same should apply to befriended fellow drummers. That's it.
For anything else, feel free to write an e-mail message.

File Formats

Basically, if you do not know what these abbreviations mean just try them out. If it works then it's fine. If not forget about it. That's why I am offering everything in more than 1 format.

  TXT  crude but easy and small and everybody can read it (= ASCII)
       explained in My Plain Text Notation in ASCII-Format
  GIF  good for WWW browsers, good for viewing on-line
  PNG  the successor of GIF, like GIF but better
  TIF  high quality raw data, only for those who know what it is (= TIFF)
  JPG  in some cases JPG delivers smaller files than PNG

  PDF  these are generally very good looking and highly recommended
       a few of them are copies of Raphael Kronberger's YAPP
  PS   same like PDF, but most people can only read PDF, some prefer PS

  MID  very small and simple files for audio, just try them (= MIDI)
       MIDI does not sound like real Djembe but you'll get an idea of it
  MP3  high quality audio files, much bigger than MIDI of course
  OGG  even higher quality audio files, slightly better than MP3,
       and completely open, and patent-free (see www.vorbis.com)
  PCC  notation that can be played and modified with Percussion Studio


I do not believe that the correct, orginal, perfect, or simply right notation of a rhythm could ever be found. Every notation differs at least slightly. Some differ so much that you think it's about another rhythm. Moreover, a notation does not make a rhythm, and every drummer will play it differently.
Nevertheless, you are welcome to send any feedback, corrections and suggestions to me. You might want to check out other notations by exploring the "External links" (such as [wap] and [djembe.net]) provided on each rhythm's page, or simply search the web to see how different notations can be.

Micha's Orginalzettel

In my listings of rhythms you will find links to "Michas Original(zettel)". These are short paper clips ("Papierschnipsel") with Micha's (see below) original hand writing. They are here mainly for collectors. These snippets are guarded with great honor and they are kept in secret pockets though they are often shown to others with gleamy proudness. The rhythms on "Michas Originalzettel" are never complete. They are always a little different, and they offer worlds to explore.
"Michas Originalzettel" and many of the rhythms therein are genuine copyrighted material. Please, keep that in mind.


I was lucky to meet Micha Schwarz when I started to discover what groove means. He gave me a Djembe, he showed me that something closed can actually be wide open, and like every good teacher he never said what is right and what is wrong instead he just sat there and invited us to see and hear for ourselves. Nothing to add here.

Explanation of rhythms’ listing
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