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.
"This month some final examples in this session to work with. It all depends on one's musical aims and personal taste, but it's usually an excellent idea to experiment with the placing of different beats within a song rather than just use one pattern and throw in stacks of fill-in rolls indiscriminately.
"Try one pattern over the intro, one pattern over the verse, or even two different ones for the first and second half of a verse, another pattern for the chorus, and yet another variation for the bridge. There's no substitute for what may appear to be such an obvious piece of advice — try it!"
A fairly funky two-measure pattern.
Again a two-measure pattern, a development of 29 but this time with 16ths on the high-hat.
An example of a simpler one measure pattern. When you're familiar with this sort of variation you can always expand it...
...and turn it into a two-measure pattern like this one.
As your playing becomes more complex you can find that some rhythms, such as this one, sound much too busy at faster tempos. In these cases slow to middle tempos are best.
Lastly, something to experiment with. Try adding a few quick bass drum flicks of your own into this one.