Learn How To Play Basic Rock Drum Beats
Most drummers out there today are mainly interested in one thing – Rock Drumming! That’s where this site comes into play. Under drum beats, I will go over many different beats for you to learn. Rock drumming is one of the most rewarding genre to play. You can go many directions with rock drumming, as you hear in a variety of songs today. You can groove it, like Weezer, you can grunge to it, like Nirvana, you can thrash it like Metallica, or you can just accompany it like Coldplay. These are just a few examples of the many different styles and directions you can go. However, first things first, the Basics! Learn how to master the art of rock drumming!
If you haven’t already, check out Jared Falk’s Rock Drumming System, this is a complete package with practically every rock beat and fill you can think of. It’s a great product if you are really interested in learning a ton of material fast! So what makes a rock beat? Is there any certain formula that makes a beat rock? The answer is no. As I said before, there are many different types of rock, and many different beats can be played to fit into the “rock” category. There are some guidelines however, that make rock beats a little more distinguishable. Once you are ready to start playing rock, check out these styles below!
To start off, your most common beat is in common time, or 4/4. In addition, most rock beats are accented on the 2, and 4 counts. (Check my article on counting time if you are unsure of any of this). Make sure you try all the different variaties of rock drumming beats in here! Do not be afraid by what they are called either. If you are a little weak on theory, read up on understanding note values. This will help you out with some of the descriptions on these beats. Most of you have probably heard these beats before, as they are all very common. It's good to be able to put a name to these beats, and put them into a acategory you can understand.
By: Dave Atkinson
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