Rock ’N’ Bass

ur­ban rock

Rhythm - - DRUM LESSONS - Ja­son Bowld [email protected]­son­

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.

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