Country & Bluegrass Genre Drum Lessons

 

Country/Western & Bluegrass Genre Drum Lessons

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Video:  ¼-note 2-Beat Feel

 

 

Video:  Watch this guy play drums in a Country band.  Notice how high the hands are, the up-down motion of the RH, the 2-Feel BD with some + echo embellishment

 

Video – The Dead South’s In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company,  2-Beat Southern Bluegrass – follow the bass and finger clicking:

1        2         3          4            up-down swing motion for hard 2 & 4

______2                     4            SD :  add your own embellishment for buildups and transitions or to support other’s phrasing

1                   3                        BD 2-Feel:  add your own embellishment for buildups and transitions or to support other’s phrasing

 

Video – Soggy Bottom Boys’  I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow from Brother, Where Art Thou? movie – Play a 2-beat:

1        2          3           4          up-down swing motion for hard 2 & 4

______2 (+)      (+*)     4 (+)     SD:  add the + ghost-notes  for train-beat feel, add (+*) to end a phrase or buildup

1                   3                         BD 2-Feel

 

Listen to Mike Burris play at 1:18 and 2:15 and 2:51 in our version of this song incorporate into another Folk Classic – Here I am playing it as a train beat on the snare and adding lots of rolls and accents to give it a Second-Line New Orleans feel.

 

Video – Alan Jackson’s Chattahoochee: 

1        2        3        4         up-down swing motion for hard 2 & 4

______2 (+)            4 (+)    SD:  add the + ghost-notes  for train-beat feel, to end a phrase or buildup

1                 3                    BD 2-Feel

 

Video – Johnny Cash’s Understand Your Man:

1        2         3         4            up-down swing motion for hard 2 & 4

______2    (a)            4    (a)   SD Rim-Click:  add the Swung “a” ghost-notes to create a 1  2 a3  4  a  Swing beat

1                  3                       BD 2-Feel

 

Video – Hermes House Band’s version of John Denvers’ Country Roads:  It’s Half-Time 2-beat with a heavy-Bass House-Beat Feel

(1)        2        (3)        4         up-down swing motion for very light (or nothing at all) on 1 & 3 but hard 2 & 4

_____               3                    SD:  Half-time Feel

1                     3                     BD 2-Feel

 

Or you could think of it as this like a House-Beat or Disco-Rock:

_       +                     +                     +                    +       up-down swing motion for very light (or nothing at all) on #’s but hard on +’s

____________2                                            4                   SD BackBeats

1                                       3                                            BD

 

Video – Kenny Chesney – Pirate Flag has a Slower Half-Time Feel with a 2-Bar Phrase:

1        2         3         4             up-down swing motion for open Hi-Hat (or Tambourine) on 2 & 4

____________ 3                        SD Half-Time BackBeat

1        2                           (a)    BD

1                   3                        HH foot-chokes to open on 2 & 4

 

But you can also think of this as:

1        +         2         +           3        +         4         +       up-down swing motion for open Hi-Hat (or Tambourine) on 2 & 4

____________ 2                                            4                   SD BackBeats

1        +                                  3        +                     (a)    BD

1                   2                       3                   4                   HH foot-chokes to open on the +’s

 

Video – Dierks Bentley’s What Was I Thinkin’ – Fast 2-Beat 2-bar phrases:  start at 0.45sec

1        2         3          4            up-down swing motion for hard 2 & 4

______2                     4    (+)    SD :  add (+) in 2nd bar or for buildups or transitions

1                   3   (+)                 BD 2-Feel: add (+) in 2nd bar or for buildups or transitions

 

 

Train Beats for Country/Western & Bluegrass Genres - Spirit Music Meet-Ups

Train Beats:

 

 

Video – Learn how to play a full Train-Beat on the Snare – start at 2:00 min.

 

Video – Johnny Cash’s Walk the Line:  Play 2-beat Galloping train on Snare with small sticks or brushes

1    2  +   3    4  +

R   R   L   R    R  L     Keep the RH 1 & 3 soft and 2 & 4 louder using an up-down swing, LH plays ghost taps

1             3               BD 2-Feel

 

Video – Johnny Cash’s Boy Named Sue:  Play 2-Beat Galloping train on Snare as a 2-bar phrase

1    2  +   3    4  +  |  1    2  +  3      4 + |    2nd bar can be played in 4th bar instead or to transition

R   R   L   R    R  L      R   R  L   R      R L |  Keep the RH 1 & 3 soft and 2 & 4 louder using an up-down swing, LH taps_______________________________________

1             3                1            3       4        BD 2-Feel with 1/4 Pickup to end the phrase

 

Video – Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire:  Play 2-beat Galloping train on Snare with small sticks or brushes

1    2  +   3    4  +  |  1    2  +  3  +  4 + |    2nd bar can be played in 4th bar instead or to transition

R   R   L   R    R  L      R   R  L   R  L   R L |   Keep the RH 1 & 3 soft and 2 & 4 louder using an up-down swing,

_________________________________________LH plays ghost taps unless adding accents in transitions for syncopation

1             3                1            3                 BD 2-Feel

 

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