Play a Beat (Quarters)
Learn how to play your first drum beat
In this lesson we will learn how to play your first drum beat using the Kick Snare & Hats. The best way to approach this is to start using just one instrument.
Set a tempo of 60 bpm and play the following one by one.
Tip: If you are comfortable playing faster set a faster tempo to play along with, if you don’t have a metronome, then play at a tempo you are comfortable with and remember to keep that tempo consistent.
To become comfortable with these patterns, you should be able to play them repeatedly 20 times without a mistake before moving onto the next pattern.
Snare Drum on 2 & 4
- All of the above can be played with or without a drum kit. Simply tapping your feet and hands is a great way to get to know the feel of the beat playing in time with the audio files.
- At any stage you cannot keep the beat, get back a few steps and try different combinations as per above until you are comfortable coordinating all three limbs at once.
- Try playing these along with music at various tempo’s.
If you have played the full beat at step 7, congratulate yourself as you’ve just played your first drum beat, take a break.
With this lesson you learn’t how to play a beat using Quarter notes on the Hi Hat, Bass Drum on 1 & 3, Snare Drum on 2 & 4. If you have managed to play all of the above beats Congratulate yourself you’ve just played your first drum beat, now take a break. Otherwise if you’d like more take a look at the next lesson Play a Beat (Eighths).