BEGINNERS (page #2)

A good drummer should be capable of playing all of the Basic Rock Beats at ANY tempo, (speed), whether it be Fast or Slow. Fills and frills can be added after the beats are mastered. (But the first step is mastering the Rock Beats).

The following table shows how the Patterns are put together to create the Basic Rock Beats. You can VIEW all the patterns and beats by clicking the LINKS below this table.

Beat #1 uses pattern #1 twice.
Beat #2 uses pattern #2 twice.
Beat #3 uses pattern #2 and pattern #3.
Beat #4 uses pattern #3 and pattern #2.
Beat #5 uses pattern #3 twice.
Beat #6 uses pattern #4 and pattern #2.
Beat #7 uses pattern #2 and pattern #4.
Beat #8 uses pattern #4 twice.
Beat #9 uses pattern #4 and pattern #3.
Beat #10 uses pattern #4 and pattern #5.

Beat #11 uses pattern #5 and pattern #2.
Beat #12 uses pattern #5 and pattern #4.
Beat #13 uses pattern #5 and pattern #3.
Beat #14 uses pattern #5 twice.
Beat #15 uses pattern #4 and pattern #6.
Beat #16 uses pattern #4 and pattern #7.
Beat #17 uses pattern #2 and pattern #8.
Beat #18 uses pattern #4 and pattern #8.
Beat #19 uses pattern #3 and pattern #8.
Beat #20 uses pattern #5 and pattern #8.

PATTERN #1 is a very important pattern that should not be ignored. It, too, can be combined with any of the other patterns, (even though I have not included it with any other patterns).
There is also one more pattern worth considering and that is a four note pattern which has NO Bass Drum at all. Sometimes the time must carry on even though the Bass Drum is not played. (I would call this pattern # 9. Both hands would continue playing the four note pattern without the Bass Drum).

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go to:PATTERNS

go to:BEATS #1 - #10

go to:BEATS #11 - #20

The above examples can also be reached from my Home Page by clicking on PERCUSSION FILES

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