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10 Basic Rock Drum Beats

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Here are 10 different rock drum beats, with notation and audio. These are for any beginners that have learned a basic drum beat, or maybe a few basic beats already and want to learn some more.

If you already know how to read music, then use the notation and audio to help you learn the beats. If your reading is not so good, focus on the audio, but look at the pictures afterwards and try to understand the notation.

Basic drum beats should be repeated for ages to be most effective in truely learning the beats. It isn't as useful to just read and play them. The most fun way to practice these is to jam them woth another instrument or a backing track. If you ate a teacher that can play bass, guitar or piano, try this with your students if you haven't already. Pupils can tire of repeating a drum beat on it's own for several minutes (which is needed) but when playing along with another instrument it is fun and enjoyable to play for a while without stopping. Variation on the accompanying instrument can really add to the experience. Students can also do this on their own by putting on a song and just practicing one drum beat along with it, or finding another musician to jam grooves and drum beats with.

You know these beats already?

  • You could also treat this as a reading exercise - look at the notation, then try to play it, then listen to the audio to see if you were right
  • You could also treat this as a listening exercise - listen to the audio, then try to play it

10 Basic Rock Drum Beats

You can find more exercise sheets like this in the premium drum ebook Beats and Fills Drum Book - Basic Beginners

Related (Premium): Grade 1 Rock Beats Ebook - The lesson you have just been through is featured in the ebook as an A4 printable handout for students.

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