Last week, we discussed the options for drumstick sizes and types, based on your preferred genre and playing style. But it’s not just the drumsticks that will make a difference depending on the genre – with each style, there are certain techniques for playing that will come in handy.
For heavy metal fans, in particular, drums are an integral piece of a band’s sound. To help you get started, here are some great tips for heavy metal drumming:
One of the few musical differences between metal and hard rock music is the greater tendency of metal drummers to use more syncopation. Adding off-beat drum hits can create a wider variety of more interesting drum lines. This helps to give a different feel from one song to the next. Syncopation can be overdone, so do not use syncopation for its own sake. Too much syncopation can lead to a drum line that sounds like it is stuttering. It can also cause the down beat to shift to the notes that are supposed to be syncopated, which removes the syncopated feel to the drum line.
There are many complex, virtuoso drum lines in metal drumming. Metal drumming does not have to always include complicated, syncopated lines to be good. Sometimes the drummer needs to back off and create a place for other instruments. Some metal songs use the simple, generic rock drum beat. “Enter Sandman” by Metallica uses that beat for most of the song. Knowing how to play both simple and complex drum lines is important for a metal drummer. A good metal drummer also needs to know which to use for a particular song.
Learn Other Styles of Drumming
Metal drummers have more flexibility than other styles of music. It is far more difficult for a pop or blues drummer to borrow heavily from metal drumming than the other way around. Learning to play other styles will open up a wider range of techniques and patterns for a drummer to use. Some metal drummers borrow from funk, rock and jazz drumming. A drummer with a wider range can have more variety when writing their own drum lines.
Want to learn even more techniques? Nothing beats the individual attention in private lessons. Search for a drum teacher near you and book your lessons today!
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