Learn to play the Train Beat on Drums!
The Train Beat gets its name as a result of it basically sounding like a train going down the track. It has been around for many years and should be considered one of the essential drum beats to be learned by all drummers. Its roots go as far back as Johnny Cashs, "Folsom Prison Blues" and beyond. While it can be heard mostly in country music, it also spans the styles of rock, pop, bluegrass, rockabilly, and others.
How to play it on the Snare Drum:
one of the simplest beats to learn on drums but a bit more challenging
to execute with finesse. Simply take
Pro Drummer Tommy Harden talks about the Train Beat
play this beat with wire brushes, plastic brushes (Blasticks), or
Promarks Hot Rods on snare drum.
You can play the train beat with doubles, paradiddles, or all with the right hand while the left plays the backbeat. You can also add a "bounce" to it and essentially play it with swing eighths. (Common in rockabilly tunes) This will then become a basic shuffle played on the snare drum.
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Now you know how to play the train beat on snare drum!