Blast Beats In 7/8

Transferring existing blast beats into the time signature of 5/4.

In this lesson you will be exploring different blast beat construction methods within the time signature of 7/8. These will be similar to those applied in the time signatures of 6/8 and 4/4 and you can find a list to lessons on those, and other useful topics, at the bottom of the page.

Listed below you will find the three main blast beats in 7/8 with various different right hand ideas. I haven't included all possible combinations so do some experimenting with different construction ideas. Some interesting parts can be created by tweaking the orchestrations slightly too. I have used some syncopated rhythms, it is worth noting that these are the same rhythms as in 4/4 with extra groupings added. In theory this is straight forward but it changes the part drastically.


Constant 16th Note Blast Beat

A 7/8 blast beat


Constant 16th Note Blast Beat With '1e a' Right Hand

A 7/8 blast beat


Constant 16th Note Blast Beat With '2333' Style Right Hand

A 7/8 blast beat


Subdivided 8th Note Blast Beat

A 7/8 blast beat


Subdivided 8th Note Blast Beat With '1e+' Right Hand

A 7/8 blast beat


Subdivided 8th Note Blast Beat With A '43232' Style Right Hand

A 7/8 blast beat


Reverse Subdivided 8th Note Blast Beat

A 7/8 blast beat


Reverse Subdivided 8th Note Blast Beat With '1 +a' Right Hand

A 7/8 blast beat


Reverse Subdivided 8th Note Blast Beat With 'Double '33332' Style Right Hand

A 7/8 blast beat


TASK

  • Learn the examples above to a tempo of at least 200bpm.
  • Experiment with the orchestration of the grooves, remember that percussion items are also a good option.
  • Experiment with different lengths of groove.
  • Apply the grooves to songs and phrases as either a fill or groove.
  • Experiment with the same construction ideas in different time signatures.