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IN THE BEGINNING

(Creating a beat with the BASS DRUM & SNARE)(15

min)

What We Are Exploring


Rhythm! The bass & snare are the basis to the beat in Contemporary music. Whatever style. Garage, Nu Metal, Hip Hop, R&B, Pop. The beats can define the style. But, surprisingly the structure of the beats are not that different. This exercise explores how beats and grooves evolve, and how they change depending on where you accent the snare and bass and change the tempo.

Keywords
accent tempo tone

Beginning this exercise


Choose from the Create Your Own Tune section
STEP 1
BACKING INSTRUMENTS PERCUSSION & REAL BASS

STEP 2
LEAD INSTRUMENT KWELE GUITAR

SECTION 1 creating beats


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The Bass Drum and Snare are the basis to creating the groove in most music styles. This exercise helps you understand the fundamentals to creating and exploring the drum groove. It is also the first technique to learn to get the best out of O-Generator.

IN THE BEGINNING
Press: TEMPO = 102 bpm This exercise uses ONE BAR only START : Press PLAY/PAUSE DRUMKIT - BLUE CIRCLE Play the bass on beat 1! On the One (SQ1)

(Creating a beat with the BASS DRUM & SNARE)

DRUMKIT - BLUE CIRCLE The snare plays on beat 2 (SQ5). Use the Up arrow when
you have your mouse over the SQ5 pad and press 3 times.

The snare plays on beat 4 (SQ13). This is it. This is always your starting point when creating a rhythm. You develop the rhythm by placing the bass and snare, or other parts of the drum kit in the circle.

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The bass drum on SQ 3 starts pushing the groove

By placing the bass drum on SQ 11 you swing (composition idea 1) the rhythm. Why? Because it is an offbeat. If you put it on SQ 9. The rhythm would feel straight (composition idea 2) because it is playing on the beat. TRY IT.

SQ 16 with bass drum makes the groove flow. It puts the groove in the groove!

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IN THE BEGINNING
SQ 7 adds a lilt to the groove. We are now just exploring the pattern.

(Creating a beat with the BASS DRUM & SNARE)

Adding SQ 8 pushes the groove along again. Making it swing.

The snare on SQ 10 adds a bit of funk to the groove. The more you put in the busier the groove feels.

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The low tom tom add a different tone to the groove (SQ14).

The high tom tom adds a different colour (SQ15).

The low tom replaces the Bass drum at SQ 16. This provides a roll of the tom toms into the next bar. Tom toms are often used for drum rolls in Rock music.

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IN THE BEGINNING
FOLLOW UP

(Creating a beat with the BASS DRUM & SNARE)

LISTEN TO LIST
Listen to these tunes from the Play menu in O-GENERATOR Afro Beats Sounds of Africa

Explore the beat by changing where you put the bass drum and snare. Try putting beats On the beat, and then try emphasising the off-beats. Scroll down through the drum kit and use the high and low bongos, and the tom toms. Get comfortable with putting beats together, and then move on to Using Hi hats.

DEFINITIONS
Accent: an emphasis on a particular note or beat. Tempo: the speed of the music Tone: musical sounds, notes have different tones or different sounds.

COMPOSITION IDEAS (Use these ideas when


doing your Composition Task) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Pushing the beat. Swing beat Straight beat Busy beat Different tones

Ideas 1, 2, 3, 4, are your starting point for most songs. Learn to do this in your sleep, and then go from there.

COMPOSITION TASKS
a) Explore the beat by changing where you accent the bass drum and snare. Try putting beats On the beat so the beats are straight . Then try emphasising the off-beats to swing the groove. Scroll down through the drum kit and use the high and low bongo s, and the tom toms. Get comfortable with putting beats together, and then move on to Using Hi hats

b)

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