I've decide to make a thread about reggae drumming.

So I'll give you the basic approach of 2 of the 3 types. There is One Drop and Steppers. There is also a beat called Rockers, but I haven't run into that beat often.
The way I break them down is the way that I do play them with my band. Mostly R&B and reggae with a jazz influence. Going off topic, Dance with My Father is playing on the radio...I'm sad but happy.

One Drop:
You have your basic count of 1 2 3 4.
On 3 you play the bass drum and cross-stick on the snare.
The hi-hat can be either played quarter notes or eighth notes. Straight feel or swing feel. When I play the quarter note feel I normally accent 2 and 4 and move my body to the feel. Reggae is mostly feel. Examples of songs my band done that has a one drop beat are: "Waiting in Vain" by Bob Marley, "Just Friends" by Amy Winehouse, "Meant to Be" by Morgan Heritage, and "Feelings" by Aswad live in London Distant Thunder.

You have your basic count of 1 2 3 4.
Mostly played with a swung 8th note pattern on the high hat. Cross-stick on 3. Now for this beat, your bass drum is playing the quarter notes 1 2 3 4. I hear other drummers call this "4 on the floor." I just call it steppers. I play one song with this beat with my band, "Roots Rockin" by Aswad live in London Distant Thunder.

These are of Aswad Live in London. The drummer is really good.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAWa9iHcX8w "Feelings"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRtG0MUkyK0 "Roots Rockin"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBXXoiYVDlA "Need Your Love"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn-qocUXy2c "Don't Turn Around"

I have to finish this later I have to do something but feel free to ask anything.
Last edited by sgc09 at Jul 31, 2011,