The four-on-the-floor phrase is a catchy way to describe drum beats that feature the bass drum on beats 1, 2, 3, and 4. This bass pattern is often used in dance music, pop, rock, funk, and any song that benefits from a driving feel.
Beats 5 through 8 introduce the open hi-hat. Be sure to keep the hi-hat open until the next hi-hat stroke. If you’re having trouble with the open hats, feel free to leave them out. The grooves sound great regardless.