Matt Byrne’s Metal Method: Inverted Beats

Inverted Beats: Kick, Snare, And Hi-Hat Action

Let’s mess around with some inverted beats between the kick, snare, and hi-hats, as well as with some beats that incorporate left-foot patterns on the hi-hat. The first set of beats is of straight sixteenth-notes where the double hits alternate between the ghost-note hits on the snare and the double hits on the hi-hat. The groove and overall feel of these beats comes from the execution of the ghost notes. The next set of beats also features straight sixteenth-notes, however, I’ve replaced the snare hits with the kick drum, and vice versa. The last set of beats features variations of the first set, but here I’ve added the left-foot hi-hat. These hits, combined with the kick drum, are accented.

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