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QUARTER NOTE ROCK BEATS

   

If this is your first ever time playing the drums, you're going to want to learn how to play the basic rock beat. Many different advanced beats are born from adding to and varying this beat, so it's important to learn it first. It's also relatively easy to learn so you should be up and running fairly quickly.

EXERCISE 1.

In this exercise you are using all 3 limbs - the RH on hihats, the LH on snare and the RF (right foot) on bass drum. This exercise will give us the most basic of rock beats, and a beat from which almost every modern rock/pop beat is based around.

This is the beat in its entirety..

As with every new pattern that you learn - if you can't play the exercise straight away, break in down into smaller sub units. Master them, then piece it back together. So, with a 3 limb exercise like this, we have 3 sub units to practice:

1 - Snare and Hihats (hands only)

2 - Snare and Bass

3 - Bass and Hihat

 

 

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