Beginner Linear Drum Beat Beginner Linear Drum Beat SHEET MUSIC Be sure and leave a comment below! 84 comments on “Beginner Linear Drum Beat” Robert Bowden says: July 16, 2016 at 5:23 am Great lesson but I’m so weak with the left but i keep practicing to try and make it stronger .. there are so many great drummers out there my favorite is a guy who plays in a local band mixes it up so well Reply Constantijn Prijs says: July 16, 2016 at 5:44 am Jeff Porcaro & Jim Gordon are my al time favorites And thank you for this lesson, linear patterns are still a thing I struggle with right up to this day Reply Stephen says: July 16, 2016 at 12:14 pm You bet! Reply Alex says: July 16, 2016 at 5:53 am Of course the BIG Idea behind you lesson is to “plant-a-(linear)-seed” in the minds of the students – well, consider it well-and-truly *planted*. * My favourite Drummers were/are Bill Ward (Black Sabbath) and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater). Bill wasn’t the “tightest” of drummers, but I liked how his musicality supported the guitar+bass melodies; I thought that Mike tended to “overplay” within the DT songs, but then he *was* playing Progressive Music ! – And I *loved* the (studio) sound that Mike achieved on the records. Reply Stephen says: July 16, 2016 at 12:14 pm Awesome…glad it helped Alex! Reply Ron says: July 16, 2016 at 9:11 am My favorites: Papa Jo Jones; Jeff Hamilton; Max Roach, a somewhat eclectic group. I appropriate the clarity of your explanations. I “hear” the grooves, but you have a way of breaking them down so that they’re much easier to execute than my ears seem to be suggesting they are. Reply Stephen says: July 16, 2016 at 12:15 pm That’s a great list Ron…some killer players. Really glad the explanations hit home with you! Reply kelly says: July 16, 2016 at 9:28 am Great lesson. As always my favorite drummer eric singer of kiss. Reply Tom Molotky says: July 16, 2016 at 9:34 am Thank you Stephen for your breakdowns of various beats and stickings. I wish I would have discovered you much earlier, as I have only been on board for two weeks. You are a great instructor. My favorite right now is Dave Weckl. So complex, so busy, so good. Sad we lost Porcoro so early. Also a favorite. Reply Stephen says: July 16, 2016 at 12:15 pm Hey Tom…great to have ya hanging around! And thanks so much for the kind words Reply Othmar Warnke says: July 16, 2016 at 3:02 pm Hi Stephen, I found you on youtube and I must say, your are an exelent drum teacher and I love your . watch daily some of your vids. I am 64 and I love modern druming. There are so many perfect drummer on this planet. my hero is Mat Garska from AaL, Luke Holland, Mat Halpern, Arnup Sastry, Thomas Lang (perfect in technik but no soul), Cris Coleman, Mike Mangini, Meytal Cohen, Anika Nilles, Danny Carry, Benny Greb, Jost Nickel and so many other. I am happy to have found you on the net. Reply Stephen says: July 16, 2016 at 6:39 pm Glad you found me as well Othmar! That’s a great list of drummers Reply Paul says: July 17, 2016 at 9:47 am What the hell is that first fill? Could you break that down or point me to some existing material that may explain it? So cool! ;) Reply Paul says: July 17, 2016 at 9:51 am BTW love Chad Wackerman, Marco Minnemann, Nick Divirgilio, Terry Bozzio.. ;) Reply Rafael Menezes says: July 17, 2016 at 11:27 am It’s very very difficult to me choose just one! I love Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Papa Jo Jones, Billy Higgins, Roy Haynes, Greg Hutchinson, Lewis Nash, Jeff Hamilton, Antonio Sanchez, Brian Blade, Jeff Tain Watts… as well as Edison Machado, Duduka Da Fonseca, Rafael Barata, Marcio Bahia and Edu Ribeiro (all of them are from Brazil). But my favorite nowadays is the great Bill Stewart! Reply Denise says: July 17, 2016 at 12:31 pm Thank you for demystifying linear drumming! Another fun lesson and groove, I love the way you keep everything so simple. As for my favourite drummer…you of course! Gotta go, I’m in the process of downloading your “kitchen sink” package :) Thank you again, keep up the awesome work. Reply Guillermo says: July 17, 2016 at 2:14 pm My favorite drummer is Benny greb and you !!! Thanks for all the lessons because that helped me become a better drummer:)!!! Reply Geoff says: July 17, 2016 at 6:59 pm nice groove. fave drummers Tom Brechtlein, Johnny Vidacovich and Billy Thomas Reply Greg says: July 18, 2016 at 9:00 am Cool groove beat! Hat fills always add so much more. Have to say Weckle first Colaiuta second. Tough decision though,cause their both so great! Reply John says: July 21, 2016 at 3:57 pm Another usefull groove that can be used in many applications. Great lesson…Thankyou. Fav drummer has got to be Thomas Lang. A down to earth guy with a sense of humour and an incredible talent. Reply Michael Muchler says: November 23, 2017 at 5:33 am Still working on the weak left hand, slowly getting better and thanks for all the lessons Stephen. …OF COURSE NEIL TOPS MY LIST FOR THAT DRUM STYLE BUT I ADMIRE MIKE PORTNOY. .THE GROOVE HE APPLIES TO THE DOUBLE BASS INSPIRES ME. …HES SUCH A GOOD DRUMMER. .. Reply Stephen says: November 23, 2017 at 7:36 pm You bet Michael…and I love both Neil and Mike. Such monsters! Reply Miriam says: November 23, 2017 at 5:53 am Love this lesson! Have played some linear grooves before, though a more simplified version of this. Nice toutch with the high hat! I really love prog rock/metal, and if I have to pick one drummer it would have to be Dean Kennedy from the Australian band Teramaze(former member) and Damnation days. But as I am from Norway I have to mention a fantastic young drummer, Baard Kolstad, who plays in no less than four bands: Leprous, Randezvous pointing, DJ&Drums and Borknagard. You should all check them out ;) Reply Stephen says: November 23, 2017 at 7:36 pm Glad you dug the lesson Miriam! And thanks for those new names…I love checking out new players I find out about! Reply Gina says: November 23, 2017 at 7:27 am Steve Smith, Steve Porcaro, Steve Ferroni, Steve Gadd (theme perhaps ?) Neil Peart, Gina Knight, Ringo and John Bonham. Love watching the videos. Thank you so much. I’ve learned a lot! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your growing family! Reply Stephen says: November 23, 2017 at 7:37 pm Love that list!. You’re more than welcome for the vids…Happy Thanksgiving to you as well! Reply Alain Poudrier says: November 23, 2017 at 8:24 am Thanks once again for a great lesson Stephen! Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your family Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, Trilok Gurtu, Omar Hakim, Siemy Di, Manu Katché, Jerry Marotta, John Bonham, Max Roach, Stewart Copeland. Reply Stephen says: November 23, 2017 at 7:38 pm You bet Alain…happy Thanksgiving right back at ya! And your list is fantastic Reply Gary says: November 23, 2017 at 9:02 am Bill Bruford, John Bonham, Joe Morello, Pat Mastelotto Reply Stephen says: November 23, 2017 at 7:38 pm Love it. Bruford is a monster Reply Russell Devere says: November 23, 2017 at 9:39 am Stewart Copeland! Reply Stephen says: November 23, 2017 at 7:38 pm That guy…so much love for his playing Reply Mark says: November 23, 2017 at 9:49 am Hi Stephen, realy enjoying all your Lesson here in the UK. my favorite drummers are Mick (Woody) Woodmansey John Bonham, and joe morello. Reply Stephen says: November 23, 2017 at 7:39 pm Glad you’re getting something out of the lessons Mark! Morello’s hands were just phenomenal Reply Joe McFadden says: November 23, 2017 at 11:32 am excellent intro!! Show me how I do stuff I do but don’t know how I got there! Richie Heyward, Dennis Chambers Reply Stephen says: November 23, 2017 at 7:39 pm Thanks Joe…and Richie is a great mention! Reply Joel Probasco says: November 23, 2017 at 11:32 am Hi Stephen and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Favorite drummers? Let’s see next to you, Steve Gadd, Jim Keltner, Ringo, Bill Kreutzman, Elvin, Buddy, Mitch Mitchell, of course, Bonham, and many, many others too numerous to mention! Thank you for all you do, Stephen. Reply Stephen says: November 23, 2017 at 7:40 pm Happy Thanksgiving to you too Joel! Hope you had a great day with friends and family. Love all of those players. And you’re more than welcome…so glad the lessons help my friend. Reply Chris says: November 23, 2017 at 1:34 pm great groove. Thanks Stephen! Learning so much! Reply Stephen says: November 23, 2017 at 7:40 pm Thanks Chris…and you’re more than welcome Reply Simon says: November 23, 2017 at 1:43 pm Great lesson Stephen. This is also a great way to practice hand foot independence. Favorite drummers have to be Neil Peart and John Bonham. Reply Stephen says: November 23, 2017 at 7:41 pm Thanks Simon. Peart and Bonham…animals Reply Mario Dumitrescu says: November 23, 2017 at 3:16 pm Hi Stephen, Great beat …so simple…yet so incredible and balanced sounding ! I wouldn’t have thought of something like this. That’s the difference between a pro and an amateur.At first, it sounded interesting and complicated but after you broke it down … I’ve done it in 3 minutes !Thank you for sharing this…it’s so useful. My favorite drummers are Neil Peart , Dennis Chambers , Simon Philips , Cozy Powell and recently…Stephen Taylor( I love your live drumming in a church…amazing ) Reply Stephen says: November 23, 2017 at 7:41 pm Makes my day to know you nailed this groove Mario! And thanks so much for the kind words…truly humbling. Reply David says: November 23, 2017 at 8:02 pm This has a reggae feel anchor on the accent on 3 (lose the down beat one one somehow. Also reminds me of a Stewart Copeland reggae back beat groove. Reply Kerry Walker says: November 24, 2017 at 5:17 am Another great lesson! Thank you sir. I have so many favorites but I really love the way Chris McHugh plays.???????????????? Reply Stephen says: November 24, 2017 at 5:06 pm You bet Kerry. And Chris McHugh is the man! Reply Dave Wayne says: November 24, 2017 at 1:19 pm Fave drummer all-time: Tony Williams. Fave present-day drummer: Richard Spaven. Enjoying the lessons & advice. Reply Stephen says: November 24, 2017 at 5:06 pm Glad you dig it Dave…and Tony is one of my biggest influences as well. Great minds think alike ;^) Reply Jay Arendt says: November 28, 2019 at 6:46 am Stephen, thx for the linear lesson. My favorite drummer right now is Michael Miley of Rival Sons. Tasty rock drummer on a small kit w/ open kick sound I’m 59 been playing since 1980. Never went to music school but I’ve had lessons thru the years Reply Stephen says: November 30, 2019 at 4:10 pm You’re more than welcome my friend! ANd great band! Reply Steve Sanford says: November 28, 2019 at 6:52 am Wow.. That is the B.F.O.. Lol You are my favorite drummer Stephen And Todd Sucherman Reply Stephen says: November 30, 2019 at 4:11 pm I don’t deserve to be in the same sentence as that guy. But thank you my friend Reply Todd says: November 28, 2019 at 7:38 am This grove reminds me of the one in David Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes song. May not be it exactly but would fit. Reply Stephen says: November 30, 2019 at 4:12 pm Oh it would for sure fit Reply Salvador Montoro Goethe says: November 28, 2019 at 7:42 am Wow what a groove and what a lesson!! I guess I’ll struggle forcing my limbs not to join, especially on kick-HH-snare. Thank you so much for sharing this. There is no such thing as the best drummer, but I must mention my all-time favourite Phil Collins, especially in Genesis and Brand X, where he displayed his best drumming skills I believe. Drummers I love: Carl Palmer, Ian Paice, Mike Portnoy, Nick DVirgilio, Stewart Copeland, Thomas Lang, the huge Billy Cobham and recently fell in love with Meytal Cohen. Happy Thanksgiving for those in the US H Reply kirk peters says: November 28, 2019 at 8:26 am I just love Ringos work,but cant beat Stephen Taylor for my favorite.You bring the goods and keep me going ,thank you and Happy Hollidays to SDS and Family. Reply Terry Kay says: November 28, 2019 at 11:10 am This pattern can be traced back to 1976 – it’s a slight variant of the disco beat of that era. Saw Billy Cobham explaining this in the late 70’s where he traces this beat to Ringo Starr playing Sgt. Pepper‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band (comedically referred to by the U.K. spoof band The Rutles) as Sgt. Rutter’s Only Darts Club Band 😀) which, therefore, pre-dates the essence of this beat to 1967! Let’s give Ian Paice a shout out:great musicality, great technique and still relevant. Reply Dennis says: November 28, 2019 at 11:55 am Thanks for making sense of linear playing. All time favorite drummer for me is Joe Morello. Other favorites are Steve Gadd, Tommie Igoe, Nick Divirgilio, and Mike Portnoy Reply Stephen says: November 30, 2019 at 4:23 pm That’s a great list right there! Reply Gary Sturm says: November 28, 2019 at 12:43 pm Thanks It really helps watching and breaking linear down into simple terms. Reply Stephen says: November 30, 2019 at 4:22 pm Glad it helped Gary! Reply John Stewart says: November 28, 2019 at 3:14 pm My favourite drummers have always been Charlie Watts and Ringo. Charlie for his simple .but appropriate for the song drumming that has a subtle but powerful impact on the songs and the whole band. The man’s not a show off, he let’s his drumming do the talking. I’ve respected that ever since I started drumming some 55 years ago. Ringo also has unique patterns that most importantly play to each song to make it better rather than try to take over it. I know there are many great drummers out there that are far more technically advanced and dedicated to their craft as well and I appreciate what they do, But these two drummers had the greatest influence on me when I was starting with groups in Toronto and they still do all these years later. I’m still playing and feel grateful to be drumming. It’s one of my true loves that gives life meaning. Keep up the great videos.Happy Thanksgiving to our U.S. friends. Reply Stephen says: November 30, 2019 at 4:20 pm Two classics right there Reply Gordon Panther says: November 28, 2019 at 5:19 pm I’ve only been going a couple of years (and I’m 50 years old, so I’m the “going” is not happening at a very fast rate, haha!). And until starting playing, I’d never really paid great attention to drumming in the music – drawn toward the general sum of music, the vocals and lead guitar as I suspect most general listeners are. So I never really noticed any drummers really, except Nicko McBrain, simply because I’ve always followed Maiden. However, now I need a drumming role model! – and Nicko is way too far beyond where I could even begin to think about starting. He’s more things hung on his kit than I’ve got… anythings. So I about a year ago, I picked Josephine Forsman for my favourite drummer. Formerly girls garage rock band Sahara Hotnights, then heavier Casablanca. I picked her partly because her kit is normal; partly I can at least aspire to move somewhere heading roughly in that direction maybe, eventually, in a few years! But mainly because I play along to loads of SH songs (and others) as one of the learning methods (along with lessons and your vids), because their songs have such a wide range of drumming styles, but all in the… ‘comfort’ of a single band (fewer other… ‘variables’?). And, well, if I’m being honest… partly because she’s a damn sight easier on the eye than Nicko McBrain! (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephine_Forsman & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicko_McBrain). Sorry Nicko. And likewise, Stephen – you’re a great drummer and teacher. But she’s a girl with long blonde hair that flies about when she plays; you can’t beat that! Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving Day and super lesson, thanks. It’s too late in the evening for me to have a go now but I’d never even heard of ‘linear’ (noob) so shall be giving it a go at the weekend! Thanks, Gordon Reply Stephen says: November 30, 2019 at 4:19 pm Happy Thanksgiving my friend! Reply billy harrison says: November 28, 2019 at 5:33 pm hi bro, my favorite drummer is shiela e. i dont really know any drummers. i have been watching the police and a really like styx. Reply Stephen says: November 30, 2019 at 4:19 pm I love Sheila! Reply jeff reiss says: November 28, 2019 at 6:26 pm Zigaboo Modeliste takes the gold for me, especially the first few albums. Untouchable feel… funk holy grail :) Reply Stephen says: November 30, 2019 at 4:19 pm Oh man, GOAT right there! One of my favs Reply Frank P Carpi says: November 28, 2019 at 7:58 pm It’s nearly impossible to define who is the best drummer, since there are hundreds of really fantastic people out there. Dave Wekle, Mike Portnoy, Thomas Lang, and the list could go on to maybe even thousands! Reply Francis Poon says: November 28, 2019 at 9:04 pm Bernard Purdue, Max Roach, art Blakey, Mike Portnoy, Mike Mangini, ……etc. last but Not Least, Stephen Taylor. Reply Stephen says: November 30, 2019 at 4:18 pm Thanks Francis! I don’t deserve to be on that list but I’ll take it lol Reply Turtle purple says: November 28, 2019 at 9:31 pm Dave wekle. Buddy rich John densmore . My three faves Reply Stephen says: November 30, 2019 at 4:17 pm Killer list! Reply Raghu ram parimi says: November 28, 2019 at 9:36 pm Very good… I love this beat… Easy to learn.. thanks Reply Stephen says: November 30, 2019 at 4:16 pm You bet! Reply Mike says: November 29, 2019 at 1:22 am I was just practicin’ “She’s Not There” by the Zombies. I believe it uses a linear groove for the versus and your demo could be used in that song. Also I use a linear groove for Tom Petty’s Breakdown in the first half or so of the song. I just never knew it was called linear. I’m going to use your demoed linear groove for the Zombies’ song. Thanks! My best drummer. That’s a hard one. I would say there are several. If I’m listening to one at any given time he’s the best at that moment. Ringo is tops. Loved Buddy Rich as a soloist growing up to play drums. Love Dylan Elise as a soloist. John Bonham just has killer swag grooves that I’ve learned (with your help) same with Mitch Mitchell (Manic Depression). Reply Stephen says: November 30, 2019 at 4:15 pm Great song to practice this groove to for sure! Reply George Badough says: November 29, 2019 at 4:48 am Rick Allen – Def Leppard Reply John says: November 29, 2019 at 4:53 am Thanks Stephen for the breakdown. I can also do a few linear fills that sound great. My favorite drummer right now is Gavin Harrison, before that it was Phil Collins. Reply Stephen says: November 30, 2019 at 4:13 pm Gavin is such a killer player! Reply James says: December 2, 2019 at 6:44 pm My favorite drummer is Jeff Hamilton. Joe Morello is a close second Reply Stephen says: December 6, 2019 at 10:26 am Oh man, those are two GIANTS. Love them both. Saw Hamilton a couple of years ago. Such touch Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me via e-mail if anyone answers my comment.