Sight Reading for Beginners
Sight reading for drums is not too complicated. You can learn it in a matter of 5 minutes if you understand the symbols and the notation used. What we will begin with is an introduction to sightreading for piano which will be our reference to all other instruments including the drums.
The Grand Staff is the most common staff that you will come across. As you can see in the image below, the notes on a piano correlate to a place on the staff. The place holders on the staff that represent specific notes are either spaces or lines. If you look at the "C" in the middle of the piano, you'll notice that it has 2 lines pointing out of it towards the letter "C" and the first line below the treble clef.
The treble and bass clef shouldnt be worried about too much. Basically, they are just different names for different sections of a given instruments range. For example, the middle C and above represents the 'Treble Clef' range, and the notes below the middle C represent the 'Bass Clef.'