This is a quick reference for the basic elements and terminology used in rhythm notation.
Learn the groove from the verse of I Don't Wanna Live Forever -- taken from where Taylor Swift is singing.
There are two principles that apply to the voicing of this beat. Which voicing do you prefer?
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.
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.
This is the grooving, yet simple, drum beat from All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor.
The verse beat from the hit She's Not There by The Zombies.
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.
This is the drum beat from the classic 90s rap tune, "Nothin' But a G Thang" by Dr. Dre.
This drum beat is used in the song "It's Time" by Imagine Dragons.
This groove is the main groove behind Katy Perrys Billboard hit Wide Awake.
The catchy verse drum beat from "These Days" by Foo Fighters.