Originally Posted by VDrum
First of all, thank drumtech for helping me out. My answer is 2 and a half notes per measure. I now understand what time signature means and how to count but I just dont know how to play it with drum because you have to use both hands! Could you plz explain more about playing with drum? Ill appreciate that!
I am going to give you a simple answer. Understand that my instructions are for someone right handed (I was blessed with being ambidextrous).
All of this will be in 4/4:
In 4/4 - 4 beats / measure and the quarter note receiving the beat there will be what is called UP Beats
and DOWN Beats
, in the case of 4/4 think of them (in the beginning) as UP = Odd and DOWN = Even.
Or, 1 & 3 are the Up Beats (usually on Bass Drum) and 2 & 4 Down Beats (usually on snare).
With the Right Hand (slowly), beat all four beats on a cymbal or hi-hat - get used to the feel.
Now add the Bass Drum on 1 & 3, while keeping the 4 beat time on the cymbal - get used to the feel.
Now add the Snare on beats 2 & 4 while keeping the 4 beat time on the cymbal and the bass drum on 1 & 3. Slowly at first, get used to the feel or muscle memory.
Once you have the hang of this pattern, you will be ready to go an eighth note pattern with the Right Hand, but don't make yourself crazy - it will come with practice.