Week 6: Lesson Video

Drum Lessons for Beginners Learn your first kick drum variation
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Hi, welcome back. This is Week Six of drum lessons in the music coach program. This week we're going to work on your first kick drum variation. Now, the rock rhythm has its basic backbeat component, which is that the kick drum is on beat one and three, and the snare drums are on beat two and four. But one of the innovations that started to happen is rock music develop is where the kick drum is in relationship to the snare drum can be moved around by adding more kick drums or by playing fewer of them or moving them around, around beats two and four. The one we're going to use in the chorus is simply instead of playing one quarter note, we're going to play two eighth notes on the kick drum.

So we're going to play kick, snare kick kicks. Now Getting used to playing the two kicks in a row takes a little bit of time because so far you've only been playing a single kick and then the foot kind of stays doing nothing. So think about playing eighth notes. Someone like that. Now the other thing we're going to do is we're going to add this into our B section that we've already got going. So we're going to keep those crash symbols at the end of every four bars.

And we're also going to have this kick pattern so the whole thing is going to sound like this. Now, a very common thing when you have to play eighth notes anywhere on a drum kit is your body will tend to speed up because your mind is trying to get used to this idea that more is happening. Your mind doesn't have as much flow as your body does. Your body is constantly moving in motion and there's things pumping and blood is moving and water and things are digesting. There's a flow going on inside your body constantly. Your body knows how to flow and how to put things in the right place.

Your mind, on the other hand, works a lot more like a computer or a calculator, and it just thinks I'm doing more so I just I can do it as fast as I can even better. And this doesn't work so great in music. So there's a bit of a, letting the mind get quiet and letting the body do the work in order to get the notes to be placed in the right spot. The other thing we're going to do is connecting the A section to the B section of the song, we're going to play a stop. Now what we're going to do is we're going to play the kick drum, the floor tom and the snare drum all at the same time. And that's going to come at the end of the last bar of the a sec So you're going to hear a countdown in the practice video where you're going to be playing the rock beat.

And you're going to hear on like that. So at the end of it, you're just going to play all three drums at the same time. And that leaves a space for the melody to lead us into the B section. All right, keep up the great work and we'll see you in the practice video.

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