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In this lesson we expand upon the Quarter Note Rock Beat, to include 8th notes played on the hihat. This is the beat we are trying to play, in its entirety..

As you can see, 8th notes are being played on the hihat, whilst beats 1 and 3 are on the bass drum, and 2 and 4 are on the snare drum. If you can't play this pattern straight away, the best thing to do is to break it down in to units of 2, learn them first, then piece it back together again.

So, practice just the hands:

Then practice hihat and bass drum:

Then practice just the snare and bass drum:

You'll find if you take this approach, although it may seem like it's taking longer in the short term, you will actually learn it faster. From here you can begin to add extra bass drum notes.




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