Rock ’N’ Bass
Drum’n’bass is a much-loved style among drummers – mainly for the intricate grooves full of interesting, programmed nuances rather than the music itself! So the vibe for this month is all about taking some of these factors and applying them to an acoustic kit with a rock sensibility.
Example 1 has the syncopated nature of a d’n’b beat – most notably with the
‘disco’ accent played on tight hi-hats and the occasional kick drum played on the ‘a’ of beat 2 in every bar. This groove is perfect for a verse section whereas Example 2 is a great tension builder thanks to the intense 16th-note flow shared between the hi-hat and ride and the offbeat snare backbeat played on the ‘a’ of beat 1.
Example 3 is full-on rock’n’bass with the emphasis on the kicks. Again, the syncopation is evident on the kicks, but becoming more regular now throughout the bars, which creates a more edgy feel. This is further enhanced by the double kick bursts played on the snare in bars three and four. This example is a great chorus section if you like, being the most intense and open of all three examples.