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Percussion

since 1.4.0-alpha.1026

Since alphaTab 1.4 you can also write percussion (drum) tracks in alphaTab. For this the \instrument "percussion" has to be set for the track and then you can add notes via articulation names or numbers.

\track "Drums" \instrument percussion \tempo 120 \clef neutral \articulation defaults (KickHit RideBell).16 r KickHit KickHit (KickHit RideBell).16 r KickHit KickHit (KickHit RideBell).16 r KickHit KickHit (KickHit RideBell).16 r KickHit KickHit | (KickHit HiHatOpen) KickHit KickHit KickHit (KickHit HiHatOpen) KickHit KickHit KickHit (KickHit SnareHit HiHatOpen) KickHit KickHit.32 KickHit KickHit.16 (KickHit HiHatOpen) KickHit KickHit KickHit | (KickHit HiHatOpen).8{tu 3} KickHit{tu 3} KickHit{tu 3} (KickHit SnareHit HiHatOpen){tu 3} KickHit.16{tu 3} KickHit{tu 3} KickHit.8{tu 3} (KickHit HiHatOpen).8{tu 3} KickHit{tu 3} KickHit{tu 3} (KickHit SnareHit HiHatOpen).8{tu 3} KickHit{tu 3} KickHit{tu 3}
\track "Drums"
\instrument percussion
\tempo 120
\clef neutral
\articulation defaults
(KickHit RideBell).16 r KickHit KickHit (KickHit RideBell).16 r KickHit KickHit (KickHit RideBell).16 r KickHit KickHit (KickHit RideBell).16 r KickHit KickHit |
(KickHit HiHatOpen) KickHit KickHit KickHit (KickHit HiHatOpen) KickHit KickHit KickHit (KickHit SnareHit HiHatOpen) KickHit KickHit.32 KickHit KickHit.16 (KickHit HiHatOpen) KickHit KickHit KickHit |
(KickHit HiHatOpen).8{tu 3} KickHit{tu 3} KickHit{tu 3} (KickHit SnareHit HiHatOpen){tu 3} KickHit.16{tu 3} KickHit{tu 3} KickHit.8{tu 3} (KickHit HiHatOpen).8{tu 3} KickHit{tu 3} KickHit{tu 3} (KickHit SnareHit HiHatOpen).8{tu 3} KickHit{tu 3} KickHit{tu 3}

Instrument Articulations

alphaTab comes with a default set of instrument articulations derived from Guitar Pro 7. Each articulation has an internal number with which it can be referenced. To make writing more human friendly you can define custom articulation names via \articulation Name Number

\track "Drums" \instrument percussion \tempo 120 \clef neutral // define the articulation here \articulation Kick 36 // use it as note values Kick.4 Kick.8 Kick.8 Kick.4 Kick.4
\track "Drums"
\instrument percussion
\tempo 120
\clef neutral
// define the articulation here
\articulation Kick 36
// use it as note values
Kick.4 Kick.8 Kick.8 Kick.4 Kick.4

If you simply want to use all articulations you can specify \articulation defaults and the whole list of articulations with some default names will be provided.

\track "Drums" \instrument percussion \tempo 120 \clef neutral \articulation defaults \ts 2 4 ("Kick (Hit)" "Hi-Hat (Open)") "Kick (Hit)" "Kick (Hit)" "Kick (Hit)" (KickHit HiHatOpen) KickHit KickHit KickHit
\track "Drums"
\instrument percussion
\tempo 120
\clef neutral
\articulation defaults
\ts 2 4
("Kick (Hit)" "Hi-Hat (Open)") "Kick (Hit)" "Kick (Hit)" "Kick (Hit)"
(KickHit HiHatOpen) KickHit KickHit KickHit

Articulation List

To actually get started you need to know the list of built-in articulations. Refer to this list below and the example as reference:

NumberName LongName Short
29Ride (choke)Ridechoke
30Cymbal (hit)Cymbalhit
31Snare (side stick)Snaresidestick
33Snare (side stick) 2Snaresidestick2
34Snare (hit)Snarehit
35Kick (hit)Kickhit
36Kick (hit) 2Kickhit2
37Snare (side stick) 3Snaresidestick3
38Snare (hit) 2Snarehit2
39Hand Clap (hit)HandClaphit
40Snare (hit) 3Snarehit3
41Low Floor Tom (hit)LowFloorTomhit
42Hi-Hat (closed)HiHatclosed
43Very Low Tom (hit)VeryLowTomhit
44Pedal Hi-Hat (hit)PedalHiHathit
45Low Tom (hit)LowTomhit
46Hi-Hat (open)HiHatopen
47Mid Tom (hit)MidTomhit
48High Tom (hit)HighTomhit
49Crash high (hit)Crashhighhit
50High Floor Tom (hit)HighFloorTomhit
51Ride (middle)Ridemiddle
52China (hit)Chinahit
53Ride (bell)Ridebell
54Tambourine (hit)Tambourinehit
55Splash (hit)Splashhit
56Cowbell medium (hit)Cowbellmediumhit
57Crash medium (hit)Crashmediumhit
58Vibraslap (hit)Vibraslaphit
59Ride (edge)Rideedge
60Hand (hit)Handhit
61Hand (hit)Handhit
62Conga high (mute)Congahighmute
63Conga high (hit)Congahighhit
64Conga low (hit)Congalowhit
65Timbale high (hit)Timbalehighhit
66Timbale low (hit)Timbalelowhit
67Agogo high (hit)Agogohighhit
68Agogo tow (hit)Agogotowhit
69Cabasa (hit)Cabasahit
70Left Maraca (hit)LeftMaracahit
71Whistle high (hit)Whistlehighhit
72Whistle low (hit)Whistlelowhit
73Guiro (hit)Guirohit
74Guiro (scrap-return)Guiroscrapreturn
75Claves (hit)Claveshit
76Woodblock high (hit)Woodblockhighhit
77Woodblock low (hit)Woodblocklowhit
78Cuica (mute)Cuicamute
79Cuica (open)Cuicaopen
80Triangle (rnute)Trianglernute
81Triangle (hit)Trianglehit
82Shaker (hit)Shakerhit
83Tinkle Bell (hat)TinkleBellhat
83Jingle Bell (hit)JingleBellhit
84Bell Tree (hit)BellTreehit
85Castanets (hit)Castanetshit
86Surdo (hit)Surdohit
87Surdo (mute)Surdomute
91Snare (rim shot)Snarerimshot
92Hi-Hat (half)HiHathalf
93Ride (edge) 2Rideedge2
94Ride (choke) 2Ridechoke2
95Splash (choke)Splashchoke
96China (choke)Chinachoke
97Crash high (choke)Crashhighchoke
98Crash medium (choke)Crashmediumchoke
99Cowbell low (hit)Cowbelllowhit
100Cowbell low (tip)Cowbelllowtip
101Cowbell medium (tip)Cowbellmediumtip
102Cowbell high (hit)Cowbellhighhit
103Cowbell high (tip)Cowbellhightip
104Hand (mute)Handmute
105Hand (slap)Handslap
106Hand (mute) 2Handmute2
107Hand (slap) 2Handslap2
108Conga low (slap)Congalowslap
109Conga low (mute)Congalowmute
110Conga high (slap)Congahighslap
111Tambourine (return)Tambourinereturn
112Tambourine (roll)Tambourineroll
113Tambourine (hand)Tambourinehand
114Grancassa (hit)Grancassahit
115Piatti (hat)Piattihat
116Piatti (hand)Piattihand
117Cabasa (return)Cabasareturn
118Left Maraca (return)LeftMaracareturn
119Right Maraca (hit)RightMaracahit
120Right Maraca (return)RightMaracareturn
122Shaker (return)Shakerreturn
123Bell Tee (return)BellTeereturn
124Golpe (thumb)Golpethumb
125Golpe (finger)Golpefinger
126Ride (middle) 2Ridemiddle2
127Ride (bell) 2Ridebell2
\track "Drums" \instrument percussion \tempo 120 \clef neutral \ts 2 4 29 30 31 | 33 34 35 36 | 37 38 39 40 | 41 42 43 44 | 45 46 47 48 | 49 50 51 52 | 53 54 55 56 | 57 58 59 60 | 61 62 63 64 | 65 66 67 68 | 69 70 71 72 | 73 74 75 76 | 77 78 79 80 | 81 82 83 83 | 84 85 86 87 | 91 92 93 94 | 95 96 97 98 | 99 100 101 102 | 103 104 105 106 | 107 108 109 110 | 111 112 113 114 | 115 116 117 118 | 119 120 122 123 | 124 125 126 127 |
\track "Drums"
\instrument percussion
\tempo 120
\clef neutral
\ts 2 4
29 30 31 |
33 34 35 36 |
37 38 39 40 |
41 42 43 44 |
45 46 47 48 |
49 50 51 52 |
53 54 55 56 |
57 58 59 60 |
61 62 63 64 |
65 66 67 68 |
69 70 71 72 |
73 74 75 76 |
77 78 79 80 |
81 82 83 83 |
84 85 86 87 |
91 92 93 94 |
95 96 97 98 |
99 100 101 102 |
103 104 105 106 |
107 108 109 110 |
111 112 113 114 |
115 116 117 118 |
119 120 122 123 |
124 125 126 127 |