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Top 8 Drumming Styles and Genres: A Quick Guide

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Trying out something new can be difficult. However, when it comes to drumming, the best way to learn is by challenging yourself. You can try out and learn from many drumming styles and genres to make you a better musician.

“The best way to become the best drummer is to practice. Try out different styles and push yourself out of your comfort zone,” says Angelina Jackman, professional voice coach at The Verses

Becoming a great drummer takes lots of practice and jamming. This means trying out things that you haven’t done before and perfecting them. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself by trying out different drumming styles and genres.

What Are The Greatest Drumming Styles And Genres?

Drumming is a diverse art. We’ve prepared 8 of the most popular drumming styles to familiarise yourself with the variety the instrument offers.

Rock

This style is characterised as straightforward and no-frills attached music. Rock drumming uses loud and intense drum grooves partnered with big fills. Together, they make an even more significant impact.

Metal

Metal drummers have larger drum kits to achieve the aggressive, loud, precise, and powerful sounds of metal music. Playing the drums in this genre and style requires endurance, speed, coordination, and precision.

Punk

Punk drumming bears a striking similarity to intricate rock drumming. The only difference is that it is played faster and thus requires more precision. The genre itself is characterised by loud and fast music.

Jazz

This style of drumming has continued to evolve. Many sub-genres stem from jazz. It uses a broad range of notes, making it more complex to learn and master than the other genres in this list.

Pop

Pop music is elementary and structured, so it follows that pop drumming is the same way. It is easy to learn, but there are some subtleties to note. For example, pop drummers need precision and coordination to stick to the structure.

Blues

This is often associated with rock and jazz. It uses a variety of techniques and notes to achieve its unique bluesy sound.

Latin

Latin drumming is famous for the clave or the heartbeat of the song. It uses different elements like the clave and other traditional patterns that can be difficult for newbies.

Reggae

Playing reggae requires a lot of precision and tightness despite its fun and carefree sound. A reggae drummer has a difficult job because they are the song’s foundation, along with the bassist. The drummer has to stick to a steady and tight groove at all times.

Bring The Beat In With Alive Drumming

The art of playing the drums is incredibly diverse. We’ve listed only eight of the many ways to play the drums. There is so much variety.

Alive Drumming Song Rhythm Tracks arranges and provides rhythm tracks through their mobile app. So, whether you’re a professional or aspiring drummer or any kind of musician, this innovative app might be what you need to experience many styles in your playing.

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— Alive Drumming is so happy to share these Insights from our popular guest contributor, Jude Young.

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Why Song Form with Rhythm Tracks?

Check out the article above, “Dealing with Song Forms: Tips for Drummers” from the Learn Jazz Standards website. It is great advice for drummers on how to reinforce the song form while drumming.

Ever wondered why “Song Rhythm Tracks, and not just, “Rhythm Tracks“?

It’s because the drumming should always be outlining the form of the song you are playing.  That’s fundamentally the role of the drummer, or the rhythm track if you play without a drummer.  The article above, which is about tutoring drummers, explains this very well.

Always play in “song form”

You shouldn’t be using a rhythm track that doesn’t outline the form of the song because, if you do, that then counteracts the form of the song and therefore defeats the song you are trying to play.  This can be subtle, particularly if you haven’t considered it before.  New musicians often haven’t and wrongly believe that any metronomic sound or groove will do.  They miss out terribly and not having the songform outlined will actually hamper your progress.

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How to Promote Literacy Through Music

Rhythm and Language

Enjoy this article from contributor, Jude Young, about the great value of rhythmic training in the young.

Maria Kay has highlighted the integrated relationship between literacy and music in the earlier years and has suggested a few simple activities that will assist you in developing children’s skills.

Usha Goswami, a professor from Cambridge specialising in cognitive-developmental neuroscience, discovered that perceiving rhythm is important in association with literacy. She has dedicated her time and research specifically to do with children that are dyslexic.

In 2012, these findings were presented on BBC Four’s ‘Growing Children’. In this programme, she highlighted why rhythmic-language activities are important in preschool for supporting language development. These typically include songs, nursery rhymes, language games, clapping, stepping, large motor movements, and action rhymes.

Syllables And Rhythm: Great Assistants for Learning Language

Syllables And Rhythm: Great Assistants for Learning Language

Words are broken down into syllables, explained as “chunks of sound”. For instance, a word like “ex-am-ple” consists of 3 syllables. Being able to break words down using this method is one of the important skills children use to break up a word in a simple unit when spelling or reading. 

The rhythm in songs also reveals syllables in all the lyrics. Here is an example of a rhyme, “Can You Hear the Falling Rain”, and you will notice how syllables in each word are given a note. For example, “fal-ling”, maybe a single word but contains 2 syllables. It is also sung on 2 notes. 

Audio Specialist from Direct Appliance Rentals, Karina Wolfin says, “Assisting young children to recognise syllables by pointing them out in music happens to be an effective technique to help children break down a word. By adding in movements to point out the syllables provides even further emphasis. For this reason, playing instruments, dancing, clapping, and marching assists with embedding essential literacy skills.” 

Musical Activities: Making Learning More Enjoyable

Musical Activities: Making Learning More Enjoyable

Here is an example of a music activity:

Can You Hear The Falling Rain?

Can you hear the falling rain?

Listen here it comes again.

Down the river, down the lane,

Tapping on the windowpane.

To highlight the rhythm in the song use sticks (claves), tap a drum, or clap hands. When using an instrument like a drum you can change the sounds for the falling rain, flowing down the road, a window, or river. 

This is a simple rhyme that you can also use to discuss rain and the sounds that it makes on different surfaces or flowing into a river. You could also compare these sounds to water that comes out of a tap or the waves that crash onto the beach.

Syllable Activities

Here is an example of one of the activities used to identify syllables:

Holding a drum, give the children a beater, giving each child a turn. Ask each child a different question. For example, “What did you eat for breakfast?” Each child must reply by beating out syllables on your drum while they speak. One example of an answer would be “ce-re-al”, 3 beats (syllables), jam and toast, 3 beats (syllables). 

Children that do not know how to tap rhythms, often have difficulties with spelling. Even older kids often benefit from using a tapping technique to tap out rhythms present in words. This method breaks the words into more manageable and smaller units making it easier to spell and read. Being able to pay attention to sounds in words is very important to become proficient in literacy. 

———- Jude Young, contributing author to Alive Drumming.

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