Beginner's Course

What you’ll learn in this lesson:

  • Understanding the role of the bass drum
  • A structured practice method to help develop your coordination.
  • How to develop the groove from Lesson 1 by introducing different bass drum patterns
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The Role of the Bass Drum
In the type of groove that you learned in Lesson 1, the role of the bass drum (or kick drum) is to lock in with, and compliment, the rhythm played by the bass guitar. Naturally, bass guitarists very rarely play just a single note on beat ‘1’ and beat ‘3’, it’s important for us to develop our ability to play a range of different patterns in the bass drum so that we can create grooves that fit with different bass lines. When we do this we are developing our coordination. And because in this case we’re using three limbs, the type of coordination that we are developing is called 3-way coordination.

Step 1
As in the previous lesson, start by counting aloud. When you’re comfortable with this, play a single hi-hat note on each count with the right-hand:



Step 2
Once you’re comfortable with Step 1 add a single bass drum note (played with the right-foot) on counts ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’ and ‘4’. Notice that all four bass drum notes are played in unison with the hi-hat:


Step 3
Once you’re comfortable with Step 2, complete the pattern by adding the snare drum (played with the left hand) on counts ‘2’ and ‘4’. Notice that both snare drum notes are played in unison with the hi-hat and the bass drum:


Step 4


Well done! Continue practicing until you feel very comfortable playing this pattern. Then move on to the next lesson