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Blast Beat Variations

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.

Four Two

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...