Excited with your newly purchased drum kit and can’t wait to play a few of your favorite song on it? But what to do if you’re a beginner? Don’t worry! Five drum songs for beginners that we’re about to introduce in this list are super easy to learn. Not to mention that we’ve compiled the most quintessential drum beats which would help you master fundamental techniques of drumming after several practices.
1. You Shook Me All Night Long – By AC/DC
Phil Rudd is one of a few drummers who never plays drum fills in his performance, but his simple yet distinctive grooves have made AC/DC’s music stand out from the crowd. That partly explains why Rudd is a perfect example for beginners to study from.
The reason we choose “You Shook Me All Night Long” is that this drumbeat is quite simple and can be easily followed by newbies. However, it has a tricky part where the kick drum would hit on the 1 and the unusual beat (called offbeat) land on the 3. But don’t worry because it is not that hard once you’ve gotten used to the song.
2. Californication – By Red Hot Chili Peppers
Originated from RHCP’s namesake album in 1999, Californication comes with a perfect tempo for any newbie drummer to follow and learn from. Moreover, its rather simple drumming patterns prove to be nowhere near a challenge for anyone to familiarize with.
The intro of the song would be a dual by the bassist and guitarist, so you would have more time to catch the rhythm and tempo before your performance. This is extremely helpful when you’re still a newbie.
3. Heart Shaped Box – By Nirvana
Nirvana is one of the best alternative rock bands till today. You might fall in love with the main singer of the band – Ni Kurt Cobain, but do you know that Dave Grohl, the main drummer, is a great example for newbies from all over the world to study from.
And Nirvana’s Heart Shaped Box, my favorite song, is one of the simplest yet exciting performances from Dave. It would be a great practice for the like rim clicks or cope your cymbals with the guitar.
4. Black Sabbath – By Black Sabbath
If you’re planning to do metal, Black Sabbath would be a perfect introduction to the genre. Its tempo, thrilling pace, and drum fills make it perfect for any beginner who’re looking to practice their drumming skills.
The drastic change in tempo at the end of the song also challenge the drummer not to miss the signature triplet ride pattern.
5. Live Forever – By Oasis
Like the four above, this song is chosen due to its simple drum pattern that can be played by any newbie. As the song advance, you’ll notice the sound gradually reduce slightly more and more. This is because the drummer was moving the sticks from the backbeat to the floor tom and end up with the snare. By doing this often, you’ll learn how to control the volume effortlessly.
Once you’ve finished practicing, let’s try recording your very first track using techniques you’ve learned from these drum songs for beginners above! Hope you find our post helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below. We love to help you. Thank you!