Our electro-drum column, compiled by consultant drummer Warren Cann of Ultravox, continues this month with the final musical examples of his basic instructional course. As always, the patterns shown are equally suitable for playing on an acoustic or electronic kit, or for programming into any rhythm machine.
All high-hat closed except where marked.
The flicks on the bass drum fall on 32nd notes with this type of rhythm. This is a beat which lends itself to many variations.
An extra bass drum beat changes the feel of this rhythm considerably.
For this rhythm we construct a two-measure pattern using 35 and 36. You can play sixteenths on high-hat if you feel the need for more movement or a busier pattern is called for.
A very basic rhythm with a simple flick, but because it's so bare yet effective, you'll find that it fits with a great many bass sequences or bass lines.
A simple variation of pattern 35.
Pattern 39 takes on a whole new dimension when you add one simple quick flick.
Another two-measure pattern using rhythms 38 and 40.