Remember? It looked like this:
The correctly written version of that beat pattern would look a little more like this:
Can you see how they resemble? The beat is read and played the same way. The right hand (cymbal) is written on the top line and the snare and bass lines are written on the center and bottom lines respectively. When one note falls below another on the staff then both notes are played at the same time.
Rock is most often written in 4/4 time like this:
Hear the Basic Rock Beat. Midi (audio) file only.
VIDEO: Click here to 'Play', see and hear the 8th rock video again.
Reading drum notation can be a tedious affair. You will get better at it with a little practice. Don't try to go too fast, too soon. Slowly count the number of cymbal notes as you tap with your right hand, then gradually add the right foot and left hand as you relax and feel the flow of the rhythm. It will get a little easier with each repetition. Practice makes perfect! Move on to the next lessons when you feel you are ready.
YOU ARE NOW ONLY 20-MINUTES AWAY
FROM JAMMING WITH ANY SONG ON YOUR CDs . . .
THE NEXT LESSON:
ALL the BASIC DANCE BEATS: This lesson will have you playing along with almost EVERY SONG ON THE RADIO, within minutes.