Join Rich Lackowski for an in-depth discussion in this video The 12/8 time signature, part of Drum Set Instruction: On The Beaten Path.
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- Let's learn how to play some blues. Now, a lot of rock'n'roll originated with blues, and even bands like Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles and Led Zeppelin had blues in their music. So we're going to get into it, and we're going to go into more authentic B.B. King style blues and other, Muddy Waters and stuff like that. The first thing you're going to notice is that blues beats are a little bit more bouncy than the rock beats. We're going to learn shuffles, we're going to learn blues, and we're going to get started now, so let's go.
The first beat we're going to play is in a 12/8 time signature. This means there are 12 beats per measure, and the eighth note gets the count. The blues, let's play some blues. The first blues beat we're going to learn is a beat that Mitch Mitchell, one of the greatest drummers of all time, this is a beat that he played on a song that Jimi Hendrix made popular called Red House. The beat goes like this. (Red House by Jimi Hendrix drum section) Now let's break this beat down.
We're going to hit the high hat with your right hand on all 12 beats, like this. (high hat rhythm) Now we're going to pay the bass drum on beats one and seven. Just like this. (high hat and bass drum rhythm) Now we're going to add the snare drum in on beats four and beats 10, so it sounds like this when it's all put together.
(high hat, bass drum, and snare rhythm) You notice I played that with slightly open high hats, and you see on the notation there's a circle with a slash through it above all those high hat notes. What that means is just...
You're not really playing the high hat fully open, like a full circle without the slash would indicate. The circle with the slash says don't play it fully open, don't play it fully closed either. Kind of make it sloshy-sounding. Now, when you play the beat, you'll notice that whenever the snare drum is hit, the sloshy note goes away. All right, we're going to tighten up the high hat on those hits, and keep it loose on all the other hits. When it's all put together it sounds like this.
(Red House by Jimi Hendrix drum section)
By the time you complete this course, you'll understand all the essentials of being a good drummer: from reading and writing music to playing with healthy technique to keep you drumming for a lifetime—along with a well-rounded vocabulary of over 140 famous beats and fills that you can use to create your own music and start playing in bands.
- Setting up your drums
- Basic hand and foot technique
- Reading music
- Playing basic beat and fills in a variety of styles
- Playing in 3/4, 5/4, and 7/8 time and more
Skill Level Beginner
Introduction to level 11m 16s
1. Getting Started
2. Basic Rock Beats
3. Basic Rock Fills
4. About the Drums and Sticks
5. Basic Blues and Shuffle Beats
6. Basic Blues and Shuffle Fills
7. Basic Jazz Beats
8. Basic Jazz Fills
9. Basic Country Beats
The train beat1m 32s
10. Basic Funk Beats
11. Basic Reggae Beats
12. Basic Latin Beats
13. More Jazz Beats and Fills
14. More Time Signatures
15. Time/Meter/Tempo Manipulation
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