This month, we're going to continue fooling around with the concept of mixing straight funk beats with a little Latin flair. In these exercises, the kick drum pattern is the same throughout. We are using sixteenth-notes on the hi-hat, and the snare pattern varies with each beat. There are some specific accents to mind in each exercise that really give a certain feel. We even throw in a ghost note here and there. Begin these beats slow and hard and gradually build up speed. Really create a deep pocket.
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