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Elements of a Beat

This is a quick reference for the basic elements and terminology used in rhythm notation.

I Don’t Wanna Live Forever – Verse Beat

Learn the groove from the verse of I Don't Wanna Live Forever -- taken from where Taylor Swift is singing.

Which Voicing #2 – Demons – Imagine Dragons

There are two principles that apply to the voicing of this beat. Which voicing do you prefer?

Hey Ya – Outkast – Beat

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.

Beat It – Michael Jackson

Jeff Porcaro played this driving groove throughout the song with only minor variations. The drum machine and overdubbed ride part helped fill out the sound.

All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor

This is the grooving, yet simple, drum beat from All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor.

She’s Not There – The Zombies – Verse Beat

The verse beat from the hit She's Not There by The Zombies.

Drop It Like It’s Hot – Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell Williams

This solid hip-hop beat is played with only the bass and snare and is used throughout the song Drop It Like It's Hot - Snoop Dogg.

Nothin’ But a G Thang

This is the drum beat from the classic 90s rap tune, "Nothin' But a G Thang" by Dr. Dre.

It’s Time – Imagine Dragons – Drum Beat

This drum beat is used in the song "It's Time" by Imagine Dragons.

Wide Awake – Katy Perry

This groove is the main groove behind Katy Perrys Billboard hit Wide Awake.

These Days – Foo Fighters

The catchy verse drum beat from "These Days" by Foo Fighters.

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