This simple 6 measure drum loop underpinned Outkast's 2003 hit, Hey Ya. It features a quirky half-measure (2/4) in the 4th bar of the phrase, creating an unusual resolution.
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.
This is the grooving, yet simple, drum beat from All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor.
The main drum beat from Super Bon Bon by Soul Coughing.
The intro drum beat from Cemetery Drive by My Chemical Romance.
This catchy drum beat drives Soul Sister by Lady Antebellum.
This drum beat is used in the song "It's Time" by Imagine Dragons.
The foundational groove from the James Brown classic "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag"
This groove is the main groove behind Katy Perrys Billboard hit Wide Awake.
Take a step back into the 70s with this classic soul groove.
This drum beat applies a two stroke eighth-note against a four stroke eighth-note ostinato pattern. It also sounds great when moving the right stick to the low tom and even the left stick to the high tom.
Learn the drum beat titled, Ballooned Whale.
Learn the drum beat titled, Chalk Outline.
Learn the drum beat titled, Monday Run.
Learn the drum beat titled, Change For Three.