All beginner drum players will have to learn beginner drum beats so they can get the basic of their musical journey. The beats can help with your hands and feet control as well as enabling you to grow and develop muscle memory (which is valuable!) to enable natural patterns. As a drum player, it should be instinctive – somewhat borne within you.
The problem is: not everyone understands that muscle memory is important in the ability to play the drums. You can only familiarize yourself with the way the drum works and how to combine the separate actions into a harmonious one.
This would be the very first beat designed for beginners. It comprises a quarter note and counted with ‘1, 2, 3, 4.’ You need to use the right hand (if you are a right handed person) to play the hi-hat (quarter) notes. You need to develop your own sense of timing and you can space it out evenly. Now, you can add the drum kick on the 1 and 3 while keeping the hi-hats action going on. And then, add the left hand playing the snare drum on 2 and 4. You are set on your first basic beat 1.
This one is included in the drum beats for beginners. This one has 8 notes that would be stated as ‘1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and.’ This would be the classic drum beat boots and cat sounding. The kick and the snare drums would be similar to the Beat 1. However, the hi-hats notes are now 8 instead of a quarter. There would be double hi-hats numbers within the bar space amount.
This one is fun but it is a little tricky for beginners. In this Beat, the kick will fall on ‘3 and’. Of course, the hit-hats need to remain smooth and consistent while you are having the kick. Don’t slow down during the 3. Also remember to have the kick back one eight note for accurate playing.
The beat would be stay within the iconic beat ‘We will rock you’ with boom boom clap on 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 along with kick snare. The emphasis should remain strong on 2 and 4 along with the snare drums keeping the beat stay energized.
If you have got used to the Beat 1 to 4 above, then your next move is to continue to this Beat. The hi-hats and snares should remain within the same positions, which means that there would be straight hi-hats 8 notes and also snares on 2 and 4, while the kick falls on 1, 2 and, and 3.
This beat is designed to develop timekeeping and consistency. The kick would fall on the even (quarter) notes of 1, 2, 3, 4. You should learn to keep the beat sounds tight and nice, while the kick drums stay locked with the snare drums and hi-hats. The kick drum on 2 and 4 should go together with hi-hats and snare drum. It should sound harmonious as one precise hit. If it still sound messy, with multiple places being hit at different times (although just a bit), then you haven’t done it right. you need to practice again to make it right.