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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.

Steppers:
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.

Videos:
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,