A first set of rudimental glyphs in SMuFL Bravura.

To make a move forward in digitization in Rudimental Drumming I took the decision to try to bring in the relevant glyphs into a well know Standard. During this jurney I learnt, that one of the most important Standards ist “Standard Music Font Layout” (SMuFL). SMuFL is a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) initiative and therefore backed up by that international standards organization for the World Wide Web. SMuFL is the fundament for various fonts used in well know music notation software solutions.

By January 30th 2021 SMuFL released Version 1.40 and an implementation of the modifications in the “Bravura” font. The SMuFL-compliant music font family Bravura is designed by Daniel Spreadbury of Steinberg. That version now for the first time includes four glyphs that are relevant for Swiss Rudimental Drumming. The first relevant glyphs within the Swiss Rudimental Drumming notation that have been specified about 100 years ago are the “Flam” and the “DoublĂ©”. Both glyphs have been implemented in SMuFL on black and on half noteheads.

Please find the current implementation of the glyphs represented in the following table:

Swiss Rudiments implemented in Version 1.4 of SMuFL.

It is now possible to download a preview of the Bravura font from GitHub in the folder “redist”.

Now, you might ask, where we see a benefit from that. It is now up to the end users, composers, arrangers, educators to select their favourite notation software (e.g. MuseScore, Dorico, Finale, Sibelius), use the current Bravura version and start to work with it. If you have feedback or modifications that you would like to have adressed, please use the user group of SMuFL to bring that set of glyphs another step forward. If you are unsure where to start, get in contact with me.

SMuFL already provides hundres of glyphs that can be used to note down your music properly. Give it a try and help the Rudimental Drumming community to grow – also in the digital space.

Thank you, Urs