Category : Beginner Lessons

This is for drummers starting out. We explore drum chants (beats) and concepts that are simple for the new drummer. These lessons are easy to understand, practice and perform. The techniques used provide the ground work for all styles of drumming.

Waltz Chants 1 & 2

These two Waltz chants are the basic approaches to playing in 3/4. The difference between the two chants are where the snare lands. In the first chant the snare is on beats 2 and 3. The kick is on beat 1. In the second chant the snare lands on beat 2. The kick is on beats 1 and 3. Please make a note that I refer to Waltz 2 as “measures 6 – 8”. At the time this video was produced, I was referring to the first chart I wrote and then I re-wrote the chart. So, at 4:25 please refer to Waltz Chant 2.

Rock Chant 4

This chant expands from previous Rock Chants 1, 2, and 3. The hat and snare are very basic again because they are the common thread in the basics of Western 4 beat rock/r&b/pop music. For any drummer beginning and exposed to Western Music, the basic snare and hi hat are the measuring stick. This music was made for inclusion. It’s meant to be easily understood and shared. Notice the open hat which only happens on the “and” of beat 4 every second measure. The kick drum notation using the dotted 8th tied to the 16th adds a funky touch. This very basic figure opens a new dimension and turns this basic chant (morphed from Rock Chant 1) into a Funk Chant. It serves a specific style and immediately demonstrates how a minimal shift or figure that happens every so often takes the chant into a different world. One or two notes is all it takes to create a style.

Rock Chant 3

This chant is based off the basic 8th notes on the Hi hat backed by the snare on 2 and 4 again. Only this time we get into a basic funky chant with a simple bass drum pattern. The dotted 8th note tied to the 16th note gives funky propulsion to the first snare. Notice the open Hi hat on the AND of 4. This is a very basic root funk drum chant.

Rock Chant 2

When counting “one and two and three and four” you can see where each note falls in place. This chant adds two 8th notes on the kick drum on every third beat. So the kick drums hits “three and”. There is also an open hi hat on the “and” of beat 4 every second measure.