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Two Great Drum Beats for Beginners

Learn two cracking drum beats for beginner drummers looking to bridge the gap to intermediate level. The groove is played with a single-stroke 16th notes, with both hands taking it in turns to hit the snare and provide a backbeat. Then, the pattern moves to the toms for a new orchestration.

Heavy – Linkin Park – Chorus

"Heavy" is Linkin Park's first single from their recently released album, One More Light (2017).

Funky Drummer – James Brown – Drum Break

Clyde Stubblefield's drum break in James Brown's "Funky Drummer" is one of the most instantly recognizable and popular funk grooves of all time. The eight measure drum feature has become one of the most sampled elements in hip hop and popular music.

Hesitated Sixteenths

The rests in this funky groove give it a hesitated feel. The second bar gives the impression of odd timing as the backbeat displaces. Be sure to use alternating sticking on the hi-hat.

Dark Necessities – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Beat

"Dark Necessities" is the first single on Red Hot Chili Pepper's 11th studio album, The Getaway (2016). The song became the band's 13th number-one single on the Billboard 'Alternative Songs' chart, setting a new record.

Grooving Sixteenth Rock with Funky Rolls

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.

Echoing the Rhythm

This 'Bo Diddly' inspired beat uses the same bass and snare drum rhythm in both measures. However in the first measure, the accents on the hi-hat fall with the bass drum. In the second measure, the hi-hat accents 'echo' the bass drum pattern. This variation creates a more interesting sounding rhythm without altering its essence.

Adventure of a Lifetime – Coldplay – Groove

Learn the main groove used by Will Champion in the song Adventure of a Lifetime.

Closer to the Edge – 30 Seconds to Mars – Verse 2

Closer to the Edge is the second single from 30 Seconds to Mars' album "This is War" (2010). Drummer, Shannon Leto, plays an evolving drum part throughout the song; each section building on the last.

Adventure of a Lifetime – Coldplay

This two-measure groove propels Coldplay's latest hit 'Adventure of a Lifetime' (2015).

Ride – Twenty One Pilots

Twenty One Pilots drummer, Josh Dun, kicks off 'Ride' with a powerful reggae-inspired feel. The right-hand plays the hi-hat in sixteenth-notes, with an emphasis on the eighth-note pulse.

Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2

This instantly recognizable drum groove features alternating 16th notes (RLRL) played between the hi-hat and snare over a 'four-on-the-floor' pulse. Note that the first two notes of the song are played just before the down-beat (anacrusis).

Lazarus – David Bowie

Blackstar, David Bowie's 25th studio album was released on his 69th birthday just two days prior to his death. It was deliberately created and timed as a parting gift for his adoring fans. Lazarus, the second single from the album, features master modern jazz drummer, Mark Guiliana, laying down a simple, propulsive rhythm which drives the melancholic vamp. As the song progresses, he adds intensity through variations and expressive fills while maintaining the core rhythm.

Like Toy Soldiers – Eminem

Eminem's "Like Toy Soldiers" borrows its chorus from Martika's 1989 single "Toy Soldiers". The distinctive drum kit groove (above) features syncopated bass and snare notes on either side of beat 4. Note that the hi-hat part approximates the shaker part in the song. Eminem also added a dynamic marching snare and bass drum part to the verse sections.

Sixteen Beat Sample

Sometimes when you need a more energetic feel, alternating sixteenth-notes on the hi-hat are just the thing called for. They're twice the speed of the standard 8th note ostinato, making the beat feel full of energy.