Learn A Simple Rock Drum Beat


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Learn A Simple Rock Drum Beat

  1. 1. ==== ====To get 5 free drum lessons from an expert drummer and teacher, check this out:http://tinyurl.com/drumtechnique==== ====As with any other musical instrument, mastering the drums and becoming an expert player takesambition, time, dedication, and a whole lot of practice. In order to achieve an advanced level ofplaying, youll need to work hard at refining the craft of drumming for a number of years. However,that doesnt mean that you (or anyone) cant learn to play a relatively simple drum rhythm thatsactually quite popular and common in many famous rock tunes.Most rock music is written in 4/4 time. If youre not familiar with time signatures like this, thebottom number indicates what kind of note were using to subdivide the beat. In this case, the "4"indicates quarter notes (an "8" would indicate eighth notes, a "16" sixteenth notes, and so on). Thetop number tells us how many of that particular note will be found in a measure of music bearingthat time signature. In 4/4 time, there are 4 quarter notes per measure. 6/8 time would indicate thatthere are 6 eighth notes per measure, 3/4 that there are three quarter notes per measure, and soon.As I mentioned, 4/4 is the most common time signature found in most rock music and so its agood idea to be familiar with it. So, lets get to learning that simple drum beat. If you have a drumkit, thats great but you dont even need any real equipment at all to get the feel of this beat. Tostart off, take your right hand and tap out an even rhythm on a desk or table. Every four beats youtap will equal one measure of music (thats right, these beats are representing those quarter notesI talked about earlier). If you do have a drum kit to play on, youll want to play these hits on thehigh hat.Next, well add in the bass drum. If you have a kit, youll obviously be using your foot on the pedalto trigger the drum; if you dont have a kit, simply tap or stomp your foot on the ground. For thisbeat, you should hit the bass drum or tap your foot on every first and third beat of the measure. Soyoull hit the hi-hat/desk with your righthand while you hit the bass/floor with your right foot. Thenyoull hit the hi-hat/desk by itself and then repeat the process.To finish up the beat, well add in our snare drum with your left hand. Again, this can be a table ordesk or an actual snare if you have a drum kit. For this beat, youll want to hit the snare on beatstwo and four along with the hi-hat. So, our beat becomes bass plus hi-hat followed by snare plushi-hat followed by bass plus hi-hat followed by snare plus hi-hat. This is one measure of musicwhich you then should repeat. Congratulations, youve played a common rock drum beat.If youd like to spice things up, you might add a cymbal crash on the "1" of each measure(assuming you have an actual drum kit). You might also want to try playing eighth notes on the hi-hat while leaving everything else the same. In that case, youll be hitting the hi-hat 8 times permeasure instead of four and instead of counting "1, 2, 3, 4" for each measure you will count "1& 2 & 3 & 4 &" where the "&" represents lone hi-hat hits without the bass
  2. 2. or snare.Probably the most well-known band to make use of beats like this is AC/DC. You can find manysongs by the group featuring a simple beat very similar to this one. The key here is, even thoughthe beat is simple, it works perfectly with the music. Try jamming along to some AC/DC tunes andyoull see what I mean. Have fun with this simple yet effective rock drum beat!Rob Wariner is a guitarist, drummer, and composer that has recorded with several well-knownprogressive rock musicians. He is currently teaching himself to play drums at home and ischronicling his self-taught drumming lessons on his blog, Drum Lessons at Home. He is using theComplete Drumming System as a resource and has published a Mike Michalkows DrummingSystem Review on his blog. Anyone who is learning how to play drums will find the DrummingSystem to be an invaluable resource.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Rob_Wariner==== ====To get 5 free drum lessons from an expert drummer and teacher, check this out:http://tinyurl.com/drumtechnique==== ====