Blast Beats In 3/4

Transferring existing blast beats into the time signature of 3/4.

In this lesson you will be exploring different blast beat construction methods within the time signature of 3/4. This is a fairly straightforward transition as you are staying in simple time, just dropping a beats worth of music from the end of the bar.

Listed below you will find the three main blast beats in 3/4 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 the last grouping or two removed. In theory this is straight forward but it changes the part drastically.


Constant 16th Note Blast Beat

A 3/4 blast beat


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

A 3/4 blast beat


Constant 16th Note Blast Beat With '3333' Right Hand

A 3/4 blast beat


Subdivided 8th Note Blast Beat

A 3/4 blast beat


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

A 3/4 blast beat


Subdivided 8th Note Blast Beat With Delayed '3333' Right Hand

A 3/4 blast beat


Reverse Subdivided 8th Note Blast Beat

A 3/4 blast beat


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

A 3/4 blast beat


Reverse Subdivided 8th Note Blast Beat With 'Double 3333' Right Hand

A 3/4 blast beat


TASK

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