Travis Brant | American Drummer & Composer

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Linear Drum Grouping – Part 3

Linear Drum Groups

Part 3 of the linear grouping series. This linear grouping is a combination of two patterns from part 1 and part 2. Check those videos below.

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Part 2 video -

This linear drum grouping is suitable for all drumming levels. This is PART 3 in a series of 4 to show you the power of interchanging 8 simple notes. Follow the sticking in the video and move your hands around to different instruments on the drum kit. Also, add accents or ghost notes wherever you want to completely change the feel. Accents are notes that are played louder and ghost notes are played softer. The possibilities are endless! Remember to start slow and speed up the tempo as you get comfortable. Most of all, have fun!

What is Linear Drumming?

Linear drum patterns refer to a specific type of drumming that emphasizes an even, step-by-step approach to playing the drums, as opposed to a more traditional, cyclical style of drumming. This type of drumming is characterized by a series of simple, repeating patterns that are played in a linear fashion.

Unlike more complex and intricate styles of drumming, linear drumming focuses on simple, straightforward patterns that are easy to remember and replicate. This makes it an ideal choice for beginner and intermediate drummers who are just starting out and are looking to develop their skills.

There are a number of different techniques that can be used to play linear drum patterns effectively. One of the most important is the use of ghost notes, which are quiet, muted hits on the drumhead that are used to fill in the spaces between the main beats. This allows the drummer to create a more fluid and even rhythm, while also adding a sense of musicality and nuance to the performance.

It’s important to play linear patterns consistently with a steady tempo. This easier said than done! But it’s essential for creating a solid foundation for the music. You should practice linear patterns using a metronome or drum machine.

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