This month, we’re going to put some metal muscle on a basic jazz beat. The exercises that I’ve provided take the traditional right-hand ride pattern (Ex. 1) and throw in a metal twist by adding syncopated double-kicks (Exs. 2—4). Slowly practice switching between the bass drums and hi-hat in Exs. 3—4, and watch out for the ghost notes on the snare as well. As you become more comfortable with the triplet feel in these exercises, pick up the tempo and really make your metal beats sizzle!
Matt Byrne bashes for the Grammy-nominated heavy metal/hardcore band Hatebreed. In his spare time he is working on his special ed./elementary ed. teaching degree. http://www.myspace.com/mattbyrnedrummer