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    Create SoulDestroying Drum Beats For Heavily PalmMuted Riffs, date: october 30, 2013

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    Create SoulDestroying Drum Beats for Heavily PalmMutedRiffs

    author: Jahan Honma date: 10/30/2013 category: songwriting & lyrics

    Learnamethodofwritingdrumsforyourheavymetalsongs.

    Perfectforsongwriterswhodonotplaythedrums.

    Listentothisverysimpleandfunpalmmutedmetalriff:

    HeavyPalmMutedRiff.MP3

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  • Itisveryrepetitiveandtheperfecttypeofrifftosingorplayaguitarsoloover.Inmycase,Iwrotethisrifftohavedeathvocalssungover.Therearetonsofpossibilitiesbutwhateveryoudo,youwillprobablywantanawesomedrumbeattoaccompanyit.AmIright?Sinceyouaresuchagreatguitaristandcomposer,youhaveprobablygotatonofthesekindsofsweet,bouncyriffslyingaroundallovertheplace.Ifyoudonothaveadrummertowritebeatsforyou,yournextbestoptionistousedrumsamplestowritethebeatsyourself.Asaguitaristthereisalwaysthepossibilitythatyouhavenoideahowtowriteadrumbeat.IknowIdidnotwhenIfirststarted.Iwrotecrazynonsensefordrumbeatsbackintheday.WhenIfinallygotadrummerandlethimlistentomysongs,hetoldmethathewouldneedfivearmsandunbelievablepenilecontroltoplaythosebeats.Ihavebeenplayinginmycurrentband(Zoltan)formanyyearsnowandIoftenhearpeopletellmydrummerhowimpressivehisdrumworkis.SinceIwriteallthedrumpartsformyband,IfeelliketheyareactuallycomplimentingmeandnowIwantyoutogetthesameresults.Soletusgettoit!

    ThefirstthingthatIliketodowhenwritingabeatforthistypeofriffishavethebassdrum(alsoknownasakickdrum)playalongwithallofthepalmmutedguitarnotes.Arifflikethisisreallyallabouttherhythm.Havingthekickdruminperfectsynchronizationwiththeguitarsisanexcellentwaytoaccentuatethatrhythm.Hereistheresult:

    KickDrum.MP3

    Thesweetthingabouthavingthekickdrumplayinsyncwiththeguitarsisthatitmakesiteasiertohearwhattheguitarsareplaying.Inotherwordsyouaregettingheavinessandclarityatthesametime.Youcannotbeatthat!

    Nowletusaddinsomesnareandhihat.Itiscommonforthehihattoplayonceoneverybeatandthesnareonwhicheverbeatsyouwanttoaccent.Anexamplewouldbetohitthesnareoneverysecondandfourthbeat.Thiswouldsoundlike"tsspahtsspah."Youcould

  • dothisanditwouldsoundjustfinewiththeriffweareusingbutIpersonallywanttomakeitintoaslowbrutalriff,soinsteadIamgoingtoplaythehihatononlyhalfofthebeats(thefirstandthirdbeatsonly)andhavethesnarehitonlyonceperbaronthethirdbeat.

    Hihat&Snare.MP3

    Thexshapednotesatthetoparethehihats.Thesnareisthenoteonthethirdspace(countingfromthebottom,asistheusualpracticeinmusictheory).Thehihatandsnareusuallyworktogethertocreatetheoverallfeelingofthedrumbeat,whichiswhyIaddthemtogetherinsteadofoneatatime.Ifyoudonotfeelthatyouarereadytothinkoftwothingsatonce,thenthinkaboutjustusingthesnareonthespotsyouwanttoaccentandthenaddinthehihatinaverystraightpattern.Youwilldefinitelygetthehangofitovertime.

    Sonowweactuallyhaveacompletebeatbutitisfarfromsoundingsouldestroying.Everythingelseyoumightdofromhereonwardcouldbeconsideredsimpletweaking.Therearecountlesswaysyoucouldgoabouttweakingthisverybasicbeattosoundthewayyouwantitto.IwillshowyouhowIwentaboutitbutrememberthatthereisnowrongwaytowriteadrumbeat.ThisisjustonemethodthatIliketousewhenitcomestothesetypesofheavilymutedriffs.ThefirstthingIwouldliketodoismakeitsoundheavieroverall.Thehihatisjustnotdoingitformesoletusreplaceitwithcrashcymbals.

    CrashCymbals.MP3

  • Youcanseeatthetopthattheoldhihatsaregone.Thosenewxshapednotesyouseearebothcrashcymbals.

    Next,Iamthinkingofaddingvarietybycompletelychangingupthefeelinginthesecondhalf.InsteadofcontinuingonwiththecrashcymbalsIamgoingtorevertbacktothehihatandIamgoingtohaveitandthesnareplaytwiceasfast.Sotherewillbehihatsoneverybeatandsnaresoneverysecondandfourthbeat.Belowiswhatthesecondhalfofthebeatlookslikeinnotation.Theoldhatsarebackbuttherearetwiceasmanyofthemnowandtwiceasmanysnaresnowaccompanythem.

    LatterHalfVariation.MP3

    Nice.Thereisstilloneproblemwiththisbeat.Wheretherearenomutedheavychords,thedrumbeatjustkindofstops.Wecanfillthatinwithsomesimplesnareandcymbalhits.Theretheyareattheendofeveryfourthbar.

    SustainedNoteHits.MP3

    Thebeatactuallysoundsquitecompletenowbutevenwiththesecondhalfchangedup,itstillsoundsboringtome.Thelaststeptomakeyourbeatreallyrockistoadddecorations.Itisuptoyouhowandwheretoadddecorations.Itwillvaryforeachpersonandeachsong.Decorationsareacompletelyfreestyleprocessbuttheyoftencontainwellknownstructures

  • suchasdrumrollsandfills.Thisisthetimetogocrazywithyourimaginationandwritestuffthatmakesyousay,"That'sinsane!"Beforegoingtoocrazy,hereareafewguidelinestohelpmakesureyourbeatisactuallyplayablebyahumandrummer.

    1.Mostdrummersarelimitedtotheuseofonedrumstickperarmandonlytwoarms.Makecertainyourbeatneverrequiresmorethantwodrums(notincludingthekickdrum)orcymbalsbeinghitsimultaneously.

    2.Donotwriteamachinegunkickdrumbeatthatisanyfasterthanthespeedyoucandrumyourpalmsonyourlap.

    3.Ifyouwanttohaveanopeningandclosinghihat,youwillonlyhaveonefootavailableforthekickdrum.

    HerearetheadditionsImade.

    Thetopstaffistheslowfirstpartofthedrumbeatwhilethebottomstaffisthefastersecondpart.Duringtheslowsection,thefirstadditionImadewasabunchofridecymbalhitsplayedatthesametimeasthekickdrum.RightafterthatIthrewinaquickhihat.That'sallthatiscontainedinthefirstredcircleinthefourthbar.Rightafterthefirstredcirclecomesthesnareandcymbalhitsthataccompanythesustainedguitarnotes.Youcanseethatthereisasinglekickdrumnoteinbetweenthetwohits.Inthefastersection,thechangesoccurrightbeforethesnareandcymbalhitswhereIplacedakickdrumtoleadintothem.Thefirsthitafterthatisusuallyasnareandacrash.Lookcloselyandyouwillnoticethatthecymbalhasmovedtothethirdspaceabovethestaff.Thatisnotacrashcymbalbutachinacymbal.Itisasmallchangebutitgoesalongwayineliminatingarepetitivesound.Beforethesecondsnarehitarethreerapidkickdrumsandthenanotherkickatthevery

  • end.

    FinalBeat.MP3

    Youarenowreadytocreatesouldestroyingdrumbeatsformostheavypalmmutedriffssuchasthisone.Ihopeyoufoundthisarticleofgreatuse.Ifyouhaveanyquestions,feelfreetocontactme.

    Bonus.MP3

    AbouttheAuthor:JahanZoltanHonmaisarecordingartistandfreelancecomposerbasedinNiigataCity,Japan.YoucanlearnmoreaboutJahanatTheLegendaryZoltan.comandlistentosomefreemusicatZoltan'sSoundCloud.

    commentspolicy54 commentsposted

    Agreatarticletodemonstratehowdrumscanreallyspiceupasimpleriff,nicestuff!

    postedonOct30,201309:53am# +8Hippedkille

    Alittleoverstatedsayingitis"souldestroying"whenitismoreorlessquitestraightforwardandplain.It'ssimpleandeasytoconstructsomethingbasicfromtheserulescertainly.Thatmaybethereasonwhyitsoundssomewhatgenericlikemostnouncoremusic.

    postedonOct30,201310:01am# +12Prostheta

    Yeah,I'mprettymuchinthesameboatasthisthewayIseeitisthatthisarticleisgreatIFyouwanttoonlywriteaveryspecificstyleofdrumpatternoveraspecificstyleofriff(e.g.metalcorebreakdowns,basically).Otherthanthat,itdoesn'treallyteachyouanything.

    WehavemoreindepthresourcesintheRecordingsforumifuserssearchforthem,nooffencetotheauthorofthearticle!

    mpostedonNov02,201303:59am# +2DisarmGoliath

    itsalsofar,farawayfrombeingheavy...

    postedonNov13,201306:59am# +1xlonexwolvesx

    Bonusdoesntwork

    postedonOct30,201310:10am# 6xlog

  • Trieditasecondtimeanditdidworkforme.

    postedonOct30,201311:43am# +1dralithi

    KickDrum.MP3remindsmeofFearFactory...nice.

    postedonOct30,201310:35am# +1Pepitohammett

    waytooboringimo,it'sexactlywhatevery*corebanddoes

    postedonOct30,201312:47pm# +26theoriginalhe

  • ifyou'rewritingdrumsformetal,takewisenoteofwhatchrissaysinthefirstfewmomentsandfindawaytospiceitupwithoutdetractingfromthesong

    typically,thewaytodothis,andthewaytomakeaninterestingdrumtrack,isnotbylayeringthebassdrumoverthesamerhythmastheguitar

    "It'sprettysimple.It'sdoublesovertriples."

    Yeah,okay,Chris...

    postedonNov04,201308:28pm# +1Sumlover41

    Definitelyoneofmyfavoritemetaldrummers(I'maguitaristbtw).It'snotoftenthatyoustopandthink"man,thatdrumriffwassooriginal."Also,Ilikehissupertightsnaresound,becauseyou'reabletoheareverylittlestrokesoclearly.

    postedonNov06,201309:54pm#eatfresh1736

    Nomatterwhatotherssay,ibelivethatthiscouldturnintoagreathelpforanyguitaristthatneedstowritehisowndrums,soitwouldbeaprecciatediftherecouldbemorelessons.Forexample,aboutbreaks,differentrhtymsetcetc.

    postedonOct30,201302:13pm# +12aelkeris

    agreedwithaelkeris.asarecordingguitaristwhodoesntplaythedrums,ifindthatdragginganddroppingdrumriffsforSuperiorDrummerandrandommidimapsifoundonlinecanbestale.idontTHINKlikeadrummer,soitshardformetocomeupwithinterestingdrumtrackslikethis.

    postedonOct30,201302:29pm# +4westley23j

    I'minthesameposition.

    Besides,thisisaverysimpleexample.Youcouldeasilychangeupthings.Thepointis,HOWTOTHINKlikeadrummer.Inotherwords,whatpartsshouldberhythmicallyemphasizedandwhatshouldkeeppushingthesongforwardasasteadybeat?That'snoteasyforaguitarplayertograspwithoutsomehelp.

    postedonNov01,201302:28pm# +3crazysam23_Atax

    wellthenifyourenotadrummer,thenthatsthechallenge.istryingtowriteinterstingrhythmsmaybethewayadrummerwouldnt'tnecessarilyplayit.ididntenjoythisarticleatallithinkthelastthingthisworldneedsismorekidscomingupandsayingkicksthatdonothingbutfollowheavychugsareawesome

    postedonNov01,201302:30pm# +3K!!LsWiTcH

  • sickbreakdown

    postedonOct30,201310:02pm# +1Russcool

    Asadrummerf

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