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There’s no doubt about it: drummers make people dance.

So guess what the foundation of dance music is?

EDM – Electronic Dance Music – has become so popular the last few decades, real drummers are now imitating beats that were once the domain of drum machines.

Here are five different types of EDM beats you should learn, taught in only 11 minutes by the lord of EDM drumming, Michael Schack.

1. House

In this house beat, keep the bass drum going (four on the floor), and match the bass line with your hi-hats. Don’t forget the clap on the 2 and 4.

Download the house loop playalong (105 BPM)

Download the house loop playalong (120 BPM)

2. Hip-hop

Keep a straight hi-hat pattern and fill in with ghost notes on the snare drum. The bass drum? Funky. Keep in mind that sometimes leaving space can make your beat more danceable.

Download the hip-hop loop playalong (80 BPM)

Download the hip-hop loop playalong (90 BPM)

3. Trance

Trance is upbeat, high energy, and features repetition and no snare drum sounds (it’s a clap instead)! If you don’t have a sample pad, you can create a clap sound with a cymbal (check it out here).

Download the trance loop playalong (100 BPM)

Download the trance loop playalong (120 BPM)

Download the trance loop playalong (128 BPM)

Download the trance loop playalong (138 BPM)

4. Hard dance riser

Build tension with a ‘rise’, where you change your kick drum from quarter notes to 8th notes while the fill overtop stays consistent.

Download the hard dance loop playalong (140 BPM)

Download the hard dance loop playalong (155 BPM)

Download the hard dance loop playalong (165 BPM)

5. Breakbeat

In this beat, you’ll keep a rock crash vibe on cymbals, alternating between the crash and ride. The ghost notes on the snare are key!


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