Groove Development: 09-07-2019 (1 Bar Blast Beat)


In this lesson you will be learning a very fast one bar 4/4 blast beat through a series of four steps. It is worth noting that each of these exercises creates a decent sounding groove. In each step, a link to the original lesson on the concept applied is provided where appropriate, it would be worth sidetracking and working through these lessons if you get stuck or don't understand a particular step.

It is very important that you can play the step you are on comfortably before moving on as any parts you get stuck on are going to appear in all subsequent steps. This part is will be played at a high tempo and the best way to build up speed is to start out slowly, make sure your note placement is accurate then very gradually speed up the part.

The groove is intended to be played in a black/dark/death metal piece and the backing track reflects this.

You can download a version of this lesson in PDF format. In this pack you also get a short example piece using the final groove as a basis along with audio files in MP3 format of all drum parts. This also includes a drumless version of the backing track for you to play a long to. On top of all of that all exercises have counting included, an extra modification is made to the groove and all new changes to the groove are highlighted in red. You can purchase this for just $2 by clicking the button below.

NOTE that the file size of this pack is 9.8MB.

Step 1

The groove is going to be split into two halves, each using a different construction idea. As mentioned above, the part will be really quick so to help develop this speed new elements are added gradually. Focus here on making sure that Kick And Snare on count two fall exactly in line and those eighth note rides and kicks also Fall Together.

A fast blast beat combining different concepts

Step 2

In the first half of the bar, add Sixteenth Note Double Kicks. Again, play the part slowly then gradually build up speed when note placement is correct.

A fast blast beat combining different concepts

Step 3

In the second half, fill the gaps between the eighth notes with snares to create a Blast Beat. It is vital that those notes fall exactly on the 'e' and 'a' counts to prevent the part becoming sloppy.

A fast blast beat combining different concepts

Step 4

Add two splashes on the '+ a' after count 2 using a single stroke movement. These will both line up with bass drums.

A fast blast beat combining different concepts