Our book FUNdamentals of Drumming for KidsTM features an exclusive age-appropriate analysis of co-author Rich Redmond’s Money BeatsTM. These drum set exercises mimic the “grooves” that every drummer should know in order to play music professionally. (see Video above) As they are the building blocks for developing a vocabulary in music, we are including a brief introduction here. These five FUN beats are the grooves that most popular music is based on.
Money Beat #1: Boom – Smack: Play straight quarter or eighth notes on the hi-hat with the bass drum hitting on 1 and 3, and the snare drum hitting on 2 and 4. Examples: AC/DC “Back In Black,” John Mellencamp “Cherry Bomb,” The Ramones “Blitzkrieg Bop”
Money Beat #2: The Heartbeat: This is just like Money Beat #1, but with a second bass drum hit added on the & of 2. Think of the rhythm of your heartbeat. Examples: John Waite “Missing You,” The Pretenders “Middle Of The Road,” Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
Money Beat #3: Classic Rock Beat: Boom – Smack – Boom Boom – Smack: Similar to Money Beat #2, but with the second bass drum hit shifted to the & of 3. Examples: CCR “Proud Mary,” Rod Stewart “Maggie May,” The Who “Baba O’ Riley”
Money Beat #4: We Will Rock Ya’: Boom Boom – Smack – Boom Boom – Smack: This familiar beat puts two bass drum hits before the snare on the &’s of 1 and 3, with the snare staying put on 2 and 4. Examples: The Cars “Let The Good Times Roll,” Queen “We Will Rock You,” Bad Company “Movin’ On”
Money Beat #5: Four On The Floor: This pattern plays the bass drum on ALL four beats, with the snare hitting on 2 and 4. Examples: The Killers “Somebody Told Me”, Jason Aldean “Tattoos On This Town,” Miranda Lambert “What About Georgia?”
Here are the same patterns notated (click for larger view):