How to Play Drums on Rock Band

July 16, 2023
David Sunnyside

For people who have never played a real drum kit, the Rock Band game may seem like the easiest way to learn how to play drums. While it won’t teach you any real technique, it can help build up muscle control and basic rhythms.

To get the most out of this game, it is recommended to purchase a good drum set and guitar. It’s also best to practice on easier songs before you move on to the hard ones. This will help your hands work up a sweat. It’s a good idea to use some kind of lubricant on your fingers. This will make it easier to hit those fifth orange notes on Hard and Expert songs.

The first song we’re going to look at is “Beat It”. This is a great song for beginners to start with because it requires only one hand and the hi-hat foot for the kick and snare. The song features a couple of two-bar repeating patterns that will give your drumming some added rhythmic density and dynamics.

It’s also a good song to learn how to play rimshots and drags on the snare drum. Rimshots are when you hit the center of the drum and the rim closest to you at the same time. This creates a much louder sound than hitting the snare with both hands separately. Drags are when you alternate between hitting the snare and the kick with the same hand. Usually you’ll do SWS,WWS, or SSW,WSS.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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