Lessons

Train Beat

By Matt Byrne Originally Published In DRUM! Magazine's July 2010 Issue

The train beat is mainly found in country music, but it can be used for various types of up-tempo songs. The following variations deal mainly with the sticking, but overall, the slightest change in sticking can change the feel of the beat. The first three examples use the basic rudiments for the sticking. The next two use the straight single sticking. However the bass drum/hi-hat patterns are different. Finally, the last two examples consist of full sixteenth-not strokes with each hand and a broken sixteenth-note beat. The key to the feel is to play all accents strong and keep all other strokes at ghost-note level.

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