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How To Write Drum Parts?


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Noob here. I hope this is in the right section of the forums...

Anyways I've been trying to write complete arrangements for an indie rock type outfit but the one part the I can't do is the drums. I've tried using drum loops or making my own using FL Studio or some other sequencer but it all sounds bland compared to the musicians that I listen to. I just want to know some ways that I could go about writing drums for my songs. Obviously I could buy a drum set and learn but my funds are kind of limited right now...any help would be greatly appreciated!

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It helps to know something about beats in different time signatures in general. On which beat a natural emphasis is expected with certain time signatures. This comes naturally to most people of course.

Another thing that helps is having an innate rhythmic line within your arrangement prior to writing out the drum parts. Try to strum the guitar in a certain manner or play rhythmic backing on the keyboards perhaps. The melody itself can give cues about the innate rhythmic figuration within the piece of music.

I usually arrange the bass, rhythmic backing and melody first and then model the drum lines after that. I use the snare drum to put emphasis where the natural emphasis of the rhythmic backing comes and use the bass drum to double the bass-line and then either ride-cymbals or hi-hats to provide a constant stream of 8th notes.

Another thing you need to test with a study is of course syncopation. Pretty much no western beat music works totally without syncopation. (Don't worry though - you are probably already using it, even if you don't know what it is exactly)

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