If you have
being looking for information on the net, on how to play reggae drum beats look no further.In
this short article I will teach you all you need to know, to play reggae drum
to what many believe, to play reggae drum beats is not that difficult.There are three distinct reggae drum beats that you must master in order to play reggae
drum beats like the pros.
They are the
One Drop (Bob Marley has a song with that title check it out), the Steppers and the
Rockers.These reggae drum beats are all about timing and if you can master these simple techniques,
you will learn to play reggae drum beats without much inhibition.
The one drop
is the first official reggae drum beat developed.You must give this
technique more than a little attention in your quest to learn how to play reggae drum
beats.Some say Carlton Barrett from the Wailers developed it and others say it was Winston
Well for the
moment, that’s neither here or there, what is important is to get you to remember that with the One Drop
reggae drum beat, the kick drum is played or emphasized on the third count of the musical
bar.If you don’t master this technique there is no point in you
going any further in learning how to play reggae drum beats.
with a track or metronome until you get the timing correct, then start to add fills with the Hi-Hat, Snare
and Toms. And that’s pretty much it for the One Drop.It’s really hard to go
wrong once you have the timing correct.Just keep it
reggae drum beat is a lively beat which gives a lively vibe.Master this technique
and you are well on your way to play reggae drum beats like the pros (Assuming you have already mastered the
To play this
reggae drum beat, all you need to do is make sure that the kick drum is played or emphasized on all four
beats of the musical bar.And that’s
it.It’s that simple!
Well of course
you do need to practice with a metronome and tracks but the fills can be anything really, just add them
according to taste.A good place to start is with Luciano song
No Evil from the album Jah Is My Navigator.Note that the Snare is
played on the third beat in this song, you could copy that.
reggae drum beat that you must master in order to play reggae drum beats is the
Rockers.It’s a bit trickier than the others since, the kick drum is also played on beat
It is almost
like a Hip Hop beat but not quite.In fact you could get
away with playing the One Drop and in some parts of the beat you emphasize the kick drum on the first or even
the forth (similar to Hip Hop).Just mixed it up a bit
and you should be ok.
listen to Sponji Reggae by Black Uhuru and you will get what I am talking about. You could also listen to the
Mighty Diamonds song When the Right Time Come but, its less clear than Sponji