Welcome back newbie! Now that you’ve learned a few basics with your sticks, it’s time to focus on the Bass Drum. We’re going to take the 1/8th note backbeat you learned in the previous lesson and we’ll add some simple rhythms to the Bass Drum. This is an important first step in understanding how a repetitive groove pattern works. It is also at this point that you will learn a basic vocabulary of rhythms. Start thinking of these basic grooves as your ABC’s of music and drumming. Learning new groove patterns will always be an important part of your growth as a drummer at any experience level.
The First 4 Basic Grooves That You Need To Know
There are 4 basic grooves to learn in this lesson. In the videos we’ll practice the first one together. I will give you a little extra help understanding the rhythms and their notation too. Download the PDF and master these 4 grooves. It isn’t so hard to do with a little time spent practicing. You’ll need to know them like the back of your hand because they are so widely used in all styles of music. Once you’ve learned these grooves well enough, you’ll start recognizing them in all kinds of songs. If you hear them in some songs that aren’t too fast, put your headphones on and try playing them along with the music. This will help you to apply what you’ve learned, plus it makes practicing even more fun.
Groove #1: The notes that appear on the bottom space of the musical staff are rhythms written for the Bass Drum. In this case the Bass Drum is played on beats 1 and 3.
Groove #1: The 1/8th notes that appear on the top line of the staff are to be played on the Ride Cymbal.
The recommended tempo range is 40 and 120
Tempo: 40 bpm
1/8th Note Backbeat
You will need to know what an 1/8th note backbeat is and how to play one. The groove patterns in this lesson will introduce you to four Bass Drum rhythms that you will add to the backbeat.