As a rule notation for the cymbals is written on a single line. Other notation possibilities are:
- together with the bass drum on the staff with no clef;
- together with the bass drum and other percussion instruments (triangle, tom-tom) on the staff with no clef
In the past the pair of cymbals was also notated in treble of bass clef.
The score must always make it clear whether the composer requires a pair of cymbals, or suspended cymbals etc. The decay time should also be indicated.