Up-tempo syn­co­pated beats

Cool grooves in the style of UK garage

Rhythm - - DRUM LESSONS - pat gar­vey


One of the things a lot of drum­mers don’t work on much is how to hear and work with the var­i­ous ‘off-beats’ in­stead of the ‘down­beat’. One of the great things with Garage is that there are loads of great ideas for us drum­mers to ex­plore within the style and a lot of them are very syn­co­pated. There are loads of cool grooves and feels within this genre, so take this as a bite-sized in­tro­duc­tion.

You’ll see from the no­ta­tion this month that I’ve stuck with a theme but spiced it up a bit as we move through the ideas. The key with this kind of play­ing is to get that note place­ment cor­rect, if you don’t it won’t sound right – a lit­tle ‘lumpy’ – and it won’t sit well. Once you’ve de­vel­oped this con­cept, it’ll re­ally add to your play­ing. In the process it will also de­velop your ear to be able to pick out those notes more com­fort­ably, as well as de­velop your abil­ity to hold onto some of those more tricky note place­ments in the grooves.

Watch out for the ex­er­cise with the stepped hi-hat, it needs to be re­ally ac­cu­rate or you’ll cre­ate an open-hat sound where you don’t want one. Re­ally take your time with this: it’s so im­por­tant to get those note place­ments right! En­joy, and feel free to get in touch if you’ve got any ques­tions.

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