FUN­DA­MEN­TALS

Five video lessons to teach you some ba­sic but es­sen­tial beats

Rhythm - - DRUM LESSONS -

Just start­ing out on the drums? Here are some com­mon ideas that you’ll need to get play­ing. Once you’ve mas­tered them try play­ing along with some tunes that in­cor­po­rate vari­a­tions on the ideas, and then see if you can come up with your own vari­a­tions. See? Now you’re drum­ming!

01 ROCK BEAT

Two bass drum beats to the bar and snare drum on the back­beat of 2’‘ and 4’,‘ with the hi-hat keep­ing time. Then try an ex­tra bass drum note af­ter the sec­ond back­beat.

02 ROCK BEAT VARIATI ON

This is a slighty more ad­vanced rock beat. The dif­fer­ence here is that we have an ex­tra snare hit played in­de­pen­dently of the hi-hat.

03 SHUF­FLE

A re­ally ba­sic shuf­fle pat­tern, the same as the ba­sic rock beat but it swings thanks to the shuf­fle on the hi-hat – ‘1’ and ‘3’ on the bass drum and ‘2’ and 4’‘ on the snare. Add a bass drum to add a dou­ble note in the mid­dle.

04 FUNK BEAT

This is a re­ally sim­ple but pop­u­lar funk note with the bass drum play­ing an in­de­pen­dent 16th note played just be­fore the first back­beat.

05 JAZZ GROOVE

Here is a re­ally ba­sic jazz idea to get you started. Play four on the bass drum and the snare on ‘2’ and 4’,‘ with a jazz ride pat­tern over the top; then play just the ride cym­bal and left foot step­ping the hi-hat ev­ery beat.

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