Example: Awesome Drummer

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The "Awesome Drums" flipper is supposed to teach you what a midi sequence is all about.  Eventually there are going to be a ton of midi flipbooks, and hand-written sequences on paper, as a way for musicians to communicate via language about how the construct their songs.  Music has a langauge.  This has also been the same for a very long time. 

Language changes over time.  We do not create this change arbitrarily, but it happens due to various circumstances.  In the case of music, the language changed once we started computerizing it.  All of the great jazz musicians essentially told us, you don't need to read music to play it, because music is its own language.  And I agree with that sentiment.  

I also think you need to learn to play the drums. 

Can you improve your drumming skills just by watching this?  I think you can.  Note how the hi-hat and the snare are both green, on the left.  That is to say they are also active in the sequencer bar.  Then note how they are in the last frame of the sequencer.  And our blue-hatted friend, Kid Analog, is hitting both the snare and the hi-hat.  Right on, my man.

What do you think is going to happen next?  

A.  Pause for a second, then both the high hat and the bass drum at the same time. 
B.  A whole lot more random drumming
C.  The hi-hat will walk away and so will the snare. 

If you said A, B, and C, then you are right.  All of those things are going to happen.  Now that you know how to read that language, you can transcribe and write your own: 

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