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These tracks are are drum beats only that I've recorded using a Roland V-Drum TD-4KP kit.

My plan is to turn this into a write up about songwriting. I'm starting with some beats first of all and I'll build on it all from there. I'm going to show you the magic of songwriting. And it is magic!

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Isolated Drums Beat 1

Time/BPM: 4 mins 11 secs 90 beats per minute/bpm

Downloads:
High Quality mp3: Isolated Drums Beat 1 10mb
16 bit 44.1khz wav file: Isolated Drums Beat 1 45mb

ok this drum beat is the most basic rock drum beat there is. I invented this beat a century or so ago but I haven't seen any royalties come in from it yet.

Straight 4 4 time with 8th notes on the hi-hat, the bass drum on the 1 and 3 and snare on 2 and 4.

Isolated Drums Beat 2

Time/BPM: 4 mins 20 secs 90 beats per minute/bpm

Downloads:
High Quality mp3: Isolated Drums Beat 2 10mb
16 bit 44.1khz wav file: Isolated Drums Beat 2 45mb

Isolated Drums Beat 3

Time/BPM: 4 mins 20 secs 90 beats per minute/bpm

Downloads:
High Quality mp3: Isolated Drums Beat 3 10mb
16 bit 44.1khz wav file: Isolated Drums Beat 3 45mb

Isolated Drums Beat 4

Time/BPM: 4 mins 20 secs 90 beats per minute/bpm

Downloads:
High Quality mp3: Isolated Drums Beat 4 10mb
16 bit 44.1khz wav file: Isolated Drums Beat 4 45mb

Isolated Drums Beat 5

Time/BPM: 4 mins 20 secs 90 beats per minute/bpm

Downloads:
High Quality mp3: Isolated Drums Beat 5 10mb
16 bit 44.1khz wav file: Isolated Drums Beat 5 44mb

I'm just having a bit of a play on this track. I'm using variations on the beats above and I'm throwing in some ghost notes on the snare to add a bit of life and feel into my playing. If you want to study ghost notes go listen to John Bonham, the drummer from Led Zeppelin. If you want to study pretty much anything on the drums, listen to Bonham. When Adam and Even were bored one night, they wanted to go to a rock concert. They left the garden they lived in and went down to the local quarry to find that Led Zeppelin were playing. They heard Bonham on drums and they were very pleased. (I've probably offended a few people by saying this, I could have said Rush and Peart but it's not like Neil's exactly going to disagree with me is it. I'm pretty sure it was Zeppelin playing that night at the local quarry).

Drum Notation for Isolated Drums Beats 1-4

Here's the drum notation for Drum Beats 1 to 4:

Drum Notation for Isolated Drum Beats 1 to 4

Even if you can't read drum notation you should be able to listen and follow along with the drum notation above. If you can't read drum notation you should learn. It's not hard to do. I know you can follow along with the notation above when you listen to the tracks above. All you need is a few lessons with a half decent drum teacher to learn how to read and write drum notation.

When you can write out drum notation, it's easy to steal drum beats from your favorite drummers. Sorry Lars, I mean borrow, I'll give your beats back to you one day. Transcribe your favorite drummers beats - you don't need to transcribe whole songs (but it can be fun to do so) - and play along. Then what you do is take the parts you like and morph them into your own beats.

That's how you start coming up with your own beats and parts to work on. You can break things down beat by beat, work on it slowly with the metronome on and bring it up to the speed you want to play at.

Transcribing drums is a lot easier than transcribing guitar. It's more obvious to hear all the parts and if you want easier to use slow-down software so you can hear things that are fast.

It's also cool because it's something you do away from the kit. You can transcribe listening to your phone. After a while you get a really good inner drum voice. Then you can write and hear parts in your head without anything else. All you need is a pen and paper. It's a really good thing to do if you're at school studying something that bites. Who needs to listen to some phony teacher talk about Catcher in the Rye when you can write out drum parts! (If you don't get that joke, you really should go read Catcher in the Rye. It's about this kid Holden in the 1950s who thought school, and most adults, sucked. You couldn't catch pocket monsters in the 1950s so he went to the zoo instead. Holden passed Level 25 before there even was a Level 25, he was right on it!!!)

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