The Amen Break is a 4 bar drum break that was performed by G. C. Coleman in the song 'Amen, Brother' by The Winstons in 1969.
This funky, two-measure groove is the core rhythm for the whole song. An overdubbed rim part is added as the song develops. Approaching the end, the pattern is altered by moving the unaccented snare notes to the toms. You can get the full sheet music here.
This is the famous (and often bewildering) intro to the song Rock and Roll by Led Zeppelin.
The only difference between these two measures is that the second measure does not have a hi-hat note on the 'and of beat 3'. This small variation makes the groove feel less repetitive, even though it was programmed to play throughout the entire song.
This two measure pattern was played (with variations) in the intro and verse sections of the song. The open hi-hat notes at the end of second measure blend together, swelling into the crash cymbal hit played at the beginning of the third measure (not notated). You can get the note-for-note Drum Sheet Music and multi-speed Drums Only Audio pack here.
In this part of the song, leading up to the verses, Lars played the drums in rhythmic unison with the guitar riff. He used X-Hats on the right hand side of his kit to achieve full-power strokes on the toms.
In this looped 4 bar sequence, the bass drum accents the 16th notes preceding beats 1 and 3 - known as 'anticipating the beat'. The hi-hat and kick notes form the rhythmic blueprint for Eminem's phrasing.
Blast beats have evolved over the 30 years to form the basis of a highly technical branch of drumming usually associated with extreme metal music. Four common variations are outlined above, which should be performed in the tempo range of 200 to 275 BPM.
Steve Gadd's distinctive linear groove introduces the song and underpins verses in this classic track, recorded in 1975.
Muse drummer, Dom Howard, breaks into this galloping groove immediately after the 'western' style introduction to the song. Played from 0:49 - 2:32, the persistent dotted 8th/16th pattern played on the bass drum with off-beat 8ths on the hi-hat creates a driving, hypnotic rhythm.
In this distinctive groove, the left hand leads the tom fill while the right hand moves clockwise to play the mid and floor toms.
This funky, syncopated two-measure loop was programmed to play throughout the entire song.
This groove applies the 3-2 clave on the snare with some syncopated powerful bass strokes to make it rock.
This is the classic groove that makes Jump Around by House of Pain jam.