"Rasputin" was a world-wide hit for euro-disco group Bony M, and the second hit-single from their Nightlight to Venus album (1978).
This linear groove uses the ride bell to accent the syncopation. The suggested tempo is 120 bpm, but this groove also sounds cool at slower (or faster) tempos.
While the drum track to Thriller is a programmed track played by a drum machine, this groove is still a fun groove to play on an acoustic kit.
In compound meters*, the middle-note in each set of three notes is often neglected—overshadowed by the outer notes. In this beat, the middle note is featured, echoing the dotted-quarter-note pulse.
Learn the explosive drum intro to the theme song from the most recent craze to hit the streets: Pokemon!
This rock groove plays alternating sixteenth notes between the ride bell and hi-hat. The snare remains on the classic beats 2 and 4 while the hands do the embellishing.
This wicked groove breaks a pseudo-flam-tap pattern up across the ride bell, toms and snare.
This groove blends both the double paradiddle and the single paradiddle into a crazy sounding drum beat based in common time.
This rock flavored beat is phrased in 3/4 time. The open hi-hats add an up-beat, syncopated layer to the groove.
The classic theme from the 1960s TV series "Mission: Impossible" was composed by Lalo Schifrin, who jokingly said that it was written for people with five legs.
Enjoy this 2-bar groove that lays down some syncopated bass and ghosted snare strokes for flair.
The instantly recognizable drum intro for the 20th Century Fox fanfare has been psyching-up movie-goers since the 1930s.
Learn this disco-esque drum beat that borrows some of the hi-hat techniques and snare pattern used in the song Le Freak by Chic.
We borrowed a technique used by Rodney Holmes in the Santana song Smooth to create this syncopated groove.
This fusion drum beat conceals the one with multiple layers including the open hi-hat, bass drum and slick rim knock pattern.