Learn A Simple But Effective Linear Drum Beat

Linear drumming means you only play one voice of the drum kit at any time. It differs from your regular layered grooves when you might play the hi-hat and bass drum together, or the hi-hat and snare.

In many ways these beats are easier because you only have to think about one note at a time, but they also open the doors to some very interesting drum beats that are a little less conventional. And this then creates challenges.

The example below involves playing the hi-hat as the downbeat on beat one and three with snare drum back beats falling on ‘2e’ and ‘4’. Make sure all the other snare drums are ghost notes (very soft notes) so that the accented notes stand out.

Take it slowly and enjoy this broken linear drum groove.