In the video and PDF worksheet that are included in this lesson, I’m going to show you, in the simplest, easiest way possible, how to play three rock beats. Although this is a “beginner” drum lesson, the three beats I’m going to teach you here are real rock and pop beats that lots of professional drummers (including myself) use and will continue to use. The first beat you’ll learn here is on many hit records including “Back In Black” by AC/DC and “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson.
The approach we’re going to take in learning these beats is a purely physical one. We’re not going to learn any theory. You don’t have to be able to read music. You don’t have to have any technical drumming skill. You don’t have to know anything about drumming in order to learn these beats. We’ll simply look at the movements your arms and legs have to make in order to play them. Simple.
Just to clarify one point…I’m not suggesting that learning to read music isn’t important. It is very important. So is technique. But we’re not going to deal with those elements now. We’re going to take advantage of the fact that you can get a half-decent sound out of the drums on day one and get started by playing right away.
Let’s get to it!
First, have a look at this PDF. It has the Four Steps you’ll need to follow to play each drum beat written out and organized for you. This little reference sheet will make the lesson easier. Here it is: “Your First Beginner Drum Lesson: 3 Simple Drum Beats”
Now, with this PDF in hand, have a look at this video, where I’ll walk you through playing these beats, step-by-step.
That’s it! Let me know what you think or ask questions by commenting here or on the YouTube channel.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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