Beginning Reading And Beating

By Mike Cosgrove Originally Published in DRUM! Magazine's May 2006 Issue

This month's exercise is good for beginning players and beginning readers. Sometimes it's frustrating to have to go backwards and learn to read, but I guarantee it'll serve you better in the long run. Basically, you’ll be isolating sixteenth-notes on the bass drum. First, play them before and with the eighth-note or with and after the eighth-note. If you take your time, you'll notice that you've heard all of these grooves before. You can use these in any way after you've got ’em under your belt. Try the different hi-hat patterns I've included in this lesson. Enjoy!

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MIKE COSGROVE writes, records, and tours both with Alien Ant Farm and independently. He gives drum lessons in Southern California and loves his Cocoa Pebbles.