Play a Beat

Using Eighth Notes

Lesson Introduction

In this lesson you will learn how to play your second drumbeat using the Kick Snare & Hats. To become comfortable with these patterns, you should be able to play them repeatedly 20 times without a mistake before moving onto the next pattern.

You should also have completed Play a Beat Quarters before attempting this lesson.

Set a tempo of 60 bpm to play on the count (1 2 3 4) and play the following one by one.

Step 1

Play Eighth Notes on the Hats.

Tip: Count 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + at 60 bpm

Step 2

Play The Hats with 1 & 3 on the Bass Drum

Tip: When audio plays, count to 4 in time

Hi Hat with Bass Drum on 1 & 3

play along audio file

Step 3

Play the Hats with 2 & 4 on the Snare Drum (Counting to 4)

Tip: When audio plays, count to 4 in time

Hats with Snare Drum on 2 & 4

play along audio file

Step 4

Play Hi Hat, Snare & Bass Drum

Tip: This is a full beat

Playing Tips

  1. All of the above can be played with or without a drum kit. Simply tapping your feet and hands is a great way to get to know the feel of the beat playing in time with the audio files.
  2. At any stage you cannot keep the beat, get back a few steps and try different combinations as per above until you are comfortable coordinating all three limbs at once.
  3. Try playing these along with music at various tempo’s.


With this lesson you learn’t how to play a beat using Eighth notes on the Hi Hat, Bass Drum on 1 & 3, Snare Drum on 2 & 4. If you have managed to play all of the above beats Congratulate yourself you’ve just played your second drum beat, this is a commonly used beat you’ll hear with most forms of modern music.

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