How to Make Better Dance Beats
In this lesson you'll learn how to improve your four-on-the-floor drum beats. But first… Tea!
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Alright, so our tempo is 120 BPM, and here’s an example of a basic four-on-the-floor beat. Maybe your drums are currently sounding something like this? (click play above)
That’s a solid foundation for your song, but it’s gonna get boring real quick. So, here’s a hack that will spice up your four-on-the-floor drums, without compromising that dancey feel we love about this beat!
So, change your grid to 1/16 note triplets, and add a few hits on the toms. Toms are great, because they add groove but don’t interfere with that vital kick pattern. You can also add a 1/16 note triplet on the snare, but be super careful with adding extra snare hits, as they can mess up that dancey feel.
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