Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Extreme Death Metal Drum Tips by Jason Mackenzie
Here are a few Extreme Metal Drum Tips to help tighten your songs up.
Not specifically referring to Nile in the above video, but when your playing music like this at these speeds your Extreme Metal Drumming can start to get sloppy and you can lose BPM's if you don't use the proper Extreme Metal Drumming Techniques.
Here are some tips to help tighten up your drumming and get those sick blast beats out in perfect time and not lose speed while your playing your songs.
This is something that I would do when playing music and maybe it will help you get your BPM's up and tighten up that loose sound in your Extreme Metal Drumming.
For the example we'll start with something basic in Extreme Metal Drumming that anyone can practice, feel free to use these beats in your songs or whatever else you want.
We'll start out will something Nile would use in Extreme Metal Drumming to get started.
I'll try to get this accurate but it's just an example, if you can think of a better beat to practice with just use yours with the technique listed below.
Starting with the standard 320 BPM Blast Beat and we'll be switching to the basic 280 BPM Down Beat or BPM 280 Up beat.
To get the idea of what I'm saying for Extreme Metal Drumming first these exercises will help you get your BPM's up for your Extreme Metal Blast Beats and Extreme Metal Up Beats and Down Beats.
Set your metronome to 320 BPM and practice along with the Double Kick Blast Beat. Try to keep this going as long as you can in intervals of 1 Minute. This way you will know what a 320 BPM Double Kick Blast Beat sounds like.
Do this all the time, practice the 320 BPM Double Kick Blast Beat for 1 Minute at a time along with the metronome. Make sure the Double Kick Blast beat is exactly 320 BPM for 1 Minute.
This is a good way to get you drum speed up.
After you practice this a lot you will know what a 320 BPM Double Kick Blast Beat sounds like.
Important: Make sure that the last beat in the 320 BPM Double Kick Blast Beat is always the Kick Pedal.
When you are practicing ALWAYS end on the kick drum. That's for this example. Make sure the kick drum is the last beat when your are playing the Double Kick Blast Beat at 320.
Then practice the down beat and the up beat at like 180 the same way.
This exercise is for switching between the Double Kick Blast beat at 320 BPM to the Down Beat at 280 BMP, or the Double Kick Blast Beat at 320 BPM to the up Beat at 280 BPM.
After you practice getting those beats down at the proper BPM's try this example of switching between the 320 Double Kick Blast Beat and the Down Beat or Up Beat at 280.
This exercise will help your tighten your Extreme Metal Drumming and help build your drum speed.
Here is where a lot of drummers fall off on their BPM's during Extreme Metal Drum songs.
When you are playing your song at 320 and you switch to 280 you are missing BPM's during changes in the Guitar Riff.
This can be extremely frustrating for drummers practicing keeping their proper timing and BPM's during playing a song with other band members.
You spend all that time practicing and then when you play live you went for a 320 to 280 time change like in Nile or something and during the change in the guitar riff your 320 and 280 BPM's fell short and you only got like 317 to 268 or something because you didn't use the proper technique to change between the 320 to 280.
You were probably also the only one at the concert that this happened to and everyone else had perfect drums.
To avoid this embarrassment practice this exercise going from the 320 BPM Double Kick Blast Beat to the 280 Down Beat.
For the duration of the guitar riff play the Double Kick Blast Beat at 320 BPM, Always end on the kick drum.
Switch immediately into the Down Beat and Play at 280 BPM.
Don't use a roll or fill to change beats this just makes your BPM's more sloppy when practicing.
Switch immediately from 320 to 280 going from the Double Kick Blast Beat to Down Beat with no fills.
End at 320 on the kick and start right into the down beat at 280 BPM.
This will make your drumming super tight! Make sure that you have practiced the beats and know what a 320 Double Kick Blast Beat sounds like and a 280 Down Beat sounds like or you will look stupid.
There's nothing worse than switching from a 320 Double Kick Blast Beat into a 280 Down Beat or Up Beat and missing a beat on the riff change. This makes you look super stupid.
By the time the riff was over you went from a 320 Double Kick Blast Beat into a 279 Down Beat. Terrible!
This is the worst event to ever happen in the life of an Extreme Metal Drummer.
Here is the full example:
Play the Double Kick Blast Beat at 320 BPM and end on the Kick, then go right into the Down Beat at 280 BPM making sure you hit every beat.
Try playing the Double Kick Blast Beat at 320 BPM and then end on the Kick and go right into the Up Beat at 280.
Practicing these two example will help get your drum speed up and tighten up you drumming and it also sounds super awesome on a record!
Remember, when you're playing the Double Kick Blast Beat at 320 BPM end on the KICK drum, THEN go right into the Down Beat at 280 BPM with no fills.
Then do the same from the Double Kick Blast Beat at 320 BPM to the Up Beat at 280 BPM with no fills making sure that the Blast Beat is exactly 320 and the Down Beat or Up Beat is exactly 280.
Just try with no rolls or fills to help get your speed up and tighten your drumming, these Extreme Metal Drum Beats also sounds great in songs.
Make sure when you are playing that your Double Kick Blast Beat is exactly in 320 from practicing all the time to the metronome and always end on the Kick.
Also practice the Up Beat and Down Beat a lot at 280 so that when you play a song you know your are in 320 and 280 for the riff parts.
Then practice changing from the Double Kick Blast Beat at 320 to the Down Beat at 280 and from the Double Kick Blast Beat at 320 to the Up Beat at 280, always end your double kick blast beat at 320 on the kick for these examples.
This will sound great in your Extreme Metal Music and make your Extreme Metal Drumming super tight.