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In this lesson we will look at playing rock beats in 7/4 time. 7/4 is the time signature, which means that there must be 7 beats worth of notes or rests in each bar, before a new bar starts. Most rock beats are in 4/4 time, so 7/4 will sound unusual to the untrained ear. It will often sound like 4/4 with 3 extra beats, or sound 1 beat short of 2 bars of 4/4.

First of all just get used to seeing and counting 7/4 time. Here is a bar of 7/4 with all the quarter notes written in, this is the pulse you will feel..

To begin with, let's just play a really simple beat, with a double snare on the last 2 beats, this will give you an idea of the basic phrasing in 7/4, which we can later build upon..

Next let's build upon this beat by adding in some basic bass drum 8th notes..

We can also add in some extra 8th notes on the snare drum..

And finally you can begin to add 16th notes and other ghost notes etc on either snare or bass..




Quarter Note Rock Beats Linear Beats 1 Grooving On 2 Snares
8th Note Rock Beats Linear Beats 2 7/4 Beats
Busier Rock Beats The Funky Cowbell Beat 7 Stroke Roll Hihat Grooves
Bass Doubles In Beats Paradiddles In Beats Half Time Shuffle
Rock Shuffle Tasty Linear Drum Rhythms Fast Bass Drums
Hihat Gliss Adding The Left Hand Hihat Ghost Notes 1
Cross Sticking Expanding Drum Beats 1 Ghost Notes 2
Cymbal Choking Expanding Drum Beats 2