Five video lessons to teach you some basic but essential beats
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.
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.