Rock Beat - Are You a Rock Drummer?

Rock beat in drum set drumming its history and the influence rock has had on modern music. This page will discuss rock drum beats and how it is played on the drum set.

Rock drum beats are played in 4/4 time This means that there are 4 beats to the bar. The 4 beats to the bar are represented by the top number 4. The bottom number 4 represents 4 quarter notes to the bar.

Rock drum set drummer playing live

So the count for 4/4 time rock beat is | 1 2 3 4 |. Each number in the count represents one quarter note. This count is executed on the hi-hat.

Here is an example below of The 4/4 time signature. The x notes are on the high-hat. The bottom notes are for the bass drum. The middle notes are on the snare drum on the drum set.

Rock beat music notation

4/4 time signature is the most common signature used in rock drumming. This time signature can also be played with eighth notes as well as sixteenth notes on the hi-hat.

Here is an example below of The 4/4 time signature with eight beats to the bar. The x notes are on the high-hat. The bottom notes are for the bass drum. The middle notes are on the snare drum on the drum kit.

Rock beats music notation

The count for 4/4 with eighth notes is | 1 a 2 a 3 a 4 a |. The | a | representing the eighth note. The count for 4/4 time with sixteenth notes is as shown on the line below.

| 1 e an a 2 e an a 3 e an a 4 e an a |. These counts are all done on the hi-hat.


Rock Drum Beat in 7/8 Time Signature

The rock drum beat can also be played in 7/8 time signature. This time signature is not as popular as 4/4 time but is still a part of the rock drum beat.

This means that there are 7 beats to the bar. The 7 beats to the bar are represented by the top number 7. The bottom number 8 represents 8 eighth notes to the bar.

So the count for 7/8 time rock rhythm is | 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 |. Each number in the count represents one eighth note. This count is executed on the hi-hat.

Here is an example below of The 7/8 time signature. The x notes are on the high-hat. The bottom notes are for the bass drum. The middle notes are on the snare drum on the drum kit.

Rock drums music notation

The 7/8 time gets its feel when it repeats in the next bar. There are many variations that can be played. The placement of the snare and bass drum notes in the bar is what varies the sound being produced by the rock drummer. The hi-hat beat remains the same with 7 beats to the bar.

Where Did The Rock Beat Come From?

Rock drum beats came from the rock and roll era in America. The Americans have had a profound influence on modern music. Most of the music that is called modern music has come out of this diverse nation of people.

Rock drum set drummer

The rock beat branched off from rock and roll. Rock is quite different in sound from the original rock and roll beat. The beats and rhythms in rock have been expanded into many variations making the music that come from the rock rhythm more dynamic and interesting to listen too.

The modern rock drummer has a lot more drum beats to play than the rock and roll drummers in the past. This makes the rock drummer an important part in the creation and delivery of the drum beats for modern rock music.

The Drummers Importance in Rock Music

The drummer has become an important part of making the rock Drum beat in rock music. The drummer helps to lift the music and keep all the other musicians in time.

The rock sound would be empty without the drum sound. It would not be as effective in delivering the sound that is rock music. In fact It would not be rock but another form of music. This is how important the drummer is in making rock sound the way it does.

If you enjoy rock music then you will find much pleasure and satisfaction in Learning and playing the rock beat on the drum set.



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