BEAT BANK 1-50

  • The beat bank is 90 short and sweet drum lessons that I wrote for my students. These are the most important drum beats to learn from all styles and genres in my opinion. While sitting in Sedona Arizona’s Oak Creek  I wrote all of these in a magical evening. They are designed to be memorized. Challenge yourself with the Bronze-Silver-Gold-Copper practice mp3’s. Every mp3 is 5 minutes long song you can time your practice. Remember you need to practice something at least 15 min. straight to see great results.

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Lesson 1: First beat

In this drum lesson I wrote a simple beat and drum fill perfect for your first lesson. I’ve had 4 year students play this one.

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lesson 2: Boots n Pants n

In this drum lesson, we are developing the foundation of all drum set drumming. (Boots n Pants n) is an old name for this beat because when you say it- it resembles the beat. Other names are (Rock beat #1) (Money beat) (Basic beat) You will hear this on the radio all day long.

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lesson 3: The o’l switcharoo

In this drum lesson, we are taking beat #2 and switching between the hi-hats, ride cymbal and floor tom. It’s crucial that you can do that with every drum beat.

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lesson 4: Builders

In this drum lesson, we use beat #2 and then a building drum fill. The common term for this is “a build”

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Lesson 5: Round the World

In this drum lesson, We are adding an extra bass drum to the beat and then doing the classic around the drums drum fill. That’s why I named it around the world.

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lesson 6: Pluk-in Dave

This is a very common drum beat that is used in most genres. The drum fill used is what I call “Rock n Roll 101” extremely common and a need to know fill. When you play the drum fill it sounds like “pluck-in-pluck-in” A very Dave Grohl type fill from Nirvana.

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lesson 7: Fancy 8th’s

In this drum lesson the hi hats still keep steady 8th notes but the bass drums get more of a fancy pattern. This beat is used in most genres. I added a quick simple drum fill at the end that can be used in addition to any drum beat.

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lesson 8: Half Swing

This drum lesson takes the jazz/swing style and mixes it with rock. Its versatile because it can be used in jazz, rock, blues, Christmas songs, 50’s music etc.. For beginning drummers its exciting because it sounds good by it self. Tre Cool used in Holiday by Green Day. The fill at the end flows very well its almost just a beat variation.

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lesson 9: Pretty Woman

In this drum lesson the snare is the driving force on steady quarter notes. Many drummers will change to this style beat at the end of songs to add excitement. It kinda sounds like the drum beat from Pretty Women so I named it that. Was also used in Purple Haze by Jimmy Hendrix. The drum fill is an awesome classic Rock n Roll fill. Cave man style.

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lesson 10: 6/8 Feel in 4/4

In this drum lesson its a 6/8 style beat but written in 4/4 time. This style beat isn’t extremely popular in today’s radio hits but has been used for decades in various songs. A song that comes to mind is Elvin Bishop’s – Fooled Around and Fell in Love. Many blues and worship songs use it too. The drum fill is one of my go to fills for this style beat.

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Lesson 11: 4 on the floor

In this drum lesson the kik drum drives every thing with quarter notes. (1234). The kik is literally on the floor and it does 4 quarters so that’s where it gets its name. If i had to pick the best drum beat of all time this is it because it works so well and does its job so efficiently as a drum beat. Its brings the essence of ‘beat’ and makes people dance. Every decade used this from disco, country, Bob Marley, modern club music, worship music, RnB and list goes on. The drum fill used is a stock very usable fill.

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Lesson 12: Full Swing

In this drum lesson, its an extension of #8 and it adds the swing component at the end of the beat. The fill I used is a very usable swing fill inspired by 50’s rock like ”Run Around Sue” and the early Elvis songs and Everly Brothers

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Lesson 14: Kicken Quarters

In this drum lesson, the hi-hats use quarter notes and the kik drum has a fancy style similar to #8. This beat prepares you for kik independence that will show up in lessons 20 and above. Punk rock drummers play this beat fast to get that ”punk’ style fast beat.

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Lesson 16:16th Note Hats

In this drum lesson, the hi-hats are played fast using both hands creating 16th notes. Right-hand swings over and hits the snare for the first time. This is a pretty common style beat.

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Lesson 17: 1st Solo

This drum lesson is your first 2 measure drum solo. It’s always very fun to play an obnoxious solo while your guitar player is trying to tune or when your singer is trying communicate musical ideas in a ”lead singer” language that makes no musical sense at all.

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Lesson 18: A Couple Go To Fills

In this lesson, it focuses completely on a couple of my go to drum fills. These are usable fills for all genres. These are not the most impressive for drum solos but they are great fills.

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Lesson 19: Open Hats

This drum lesson is all about opening the hi hat to get the “Pea Soup” sound. That is an old term for open the hi hat because it sounds like that… Try saying it. it does sound like it.

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Lesson 20: 1st Hot Shot Fill

In this drum lesson I used a standard kinda swing/rock beat and fill is fun and impressive sounding for non-drummers. I like the term ”hot shot” I find it funny and ridiculous.

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Lesson 22: Driving Kurt Quarters

In this drum lesson, we are doing basically the same beat as #21 but using quarter notes in the right hand. I called it ‘Driving Kurt” because this is how Dave Grohl played on very driving nirvana songs.

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Lesson 23: Clubbing

In this drum lesson, we are working a dance groove with up beats on the hi-hats and steady bass drums on the quarter notes. I made a living playing this beat in the Scottsdale Arizona stupid clubs.

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Lesson 24: 7th Grade Johnny

In this drum lesson, we are working a very fun beat for beginners. This beat used to be called a ”boogaloo” in the 60’s. Sometimes it’s called 7th-grade Johny beat because it is very popular with newer drummers. It is fantastic drum beat.

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Lesson 25: 1st Shuffle

In this drum lesson, we are working the shuffle. It’s not used on the radio allot anymore but it’s it common in blues and RnB.

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Lesson 27: Cold Beat

In this drum lesson, I copied a cold play song. They didn’t invent this beat but it sure associated with them now. Beatles used it in Twist and Shout. I am not a big Cold Play fan.

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Lesson 30: Fried Rice Solo

In this drum lesson, I wrote a simple yet effective drum solo. It is kinda based off of ”in-a-gadda-da-vidada” drum solo and ”Golden Slumber”. If you can figure out why I called it Fried rice solo email me:)

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Lesson 31: Afro Cuban

In this drum lesson, I wrote an American style Afro-Cuban/Latin style groove. This beat is easier than it sounds and it always is impressive.

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Lesson 32: Pink Panther

In this drum lesson, we are opening the hi-hats with a jazzy beat. It was used in the pink panther song which I remember playing in 7th-grade jazz band.

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Lesson 33: Kiks Again

In this drum lesson, again working doubles on the bass drum in a different spot. This drum groove works in Rock, Funk, RnB etc… pretty much all styles.

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Lesson 38: Shuffle Bells

In this drum lesson, we are working a shuffle on the kik drum and quarters on the bell. This drum beat is great for fast shuffles.

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Lesson 40: Hi Hat 16’s Johnny

In this drum lesson, we are doing the 7th grade Johny beat but with hand to hand 16th notes on the hi-hat. So the left hand must come under to hit the snare… I remember my older Rob taught me this beat after he saw the Red Hot Chilli Peppers play on tv and Chad was doing it. My brothers play guitar and bass guitar but we all can play every instrument-Drums, Guitar, Bass, Piano. My parents never pushed us once to play or practice. Infact my parents never asked us to practice and we didn’t always practice our lessons. But they gladly drove us and paid for them.

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Lesson 42: Sweet Arrow Beat

In this drum lesson, we are working some great 16th notes inspired from Sweet emotion by Arrowsmith. There a lesson for the actual song in the song section.

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Lesson 43: Up Beat Johnny

In this lesson, I used the 7th grade Johny beat from #24 and put in up beats on the cymbal. Up beats always spice up any beat. Up beats means playing just on the + counts.

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Lesson 44: Arrogant Beat

In this drum lesson, we are working some great bass drum work. I named this Arrogant Beat because it was used in rap song from the 2000’s from a rapper I think is an arrogant idiot. Can you figure out who it is? email me if so.

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Lesson 48: Shuffle

In this lesson, we are doing a shuffle with ghost notes and some drags. This is a great way to do fast shuffles.

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Lesson 50: Stairway to Desert

In this drum lesson, we are doing some FANTASTIC syncopated grooves inspired from John Bonham off the Stairway to Heaven recording which in my opinion is the best rock drumming ever recorded. These beats can also be used as fills.

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