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Drum Tabs For Beginners

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Drum tabs for beginners are important, one of the first essential lessons, any drummer needs to learn is how to read drum music, one of the ways of transcribing drum music is in tablature.

Drum Tabs for beginners:

Beginner Drum Tab 1 – Rock Beat 1:

Drum Tabs For Beginners - Rock Beat One

Hh = Hi-Hat
S =    Snare drum
B =   Bass drum

Click to hear this tab being played.

See below for three more drum tabs for beginners

How to play drum tabs for beginners

If you already can play drum tabs see below for four more drum tabs for beginners! If not I will teach you how to play them – it’s easy once you know how!

Count in your head “One, Two, Three, Four” at a slow steady pace…….not too fast there! Now hit the Hi-Hat with your right hand (if you’re right handed) every time you count a number – 1,2,3,4. See in Rock Beat 1 tab above an X is above the 1,2,3,4 on the Hh line? Well this represents that the ‘X’ means hit!

Drum Tabs For Beginners
Now keep counting “One, Two, Three, Four” at a slow steady pace then hit the Snare drum every time you count Two and Four (yes at the same time as you play the Hi-Hat with your other hand) –again see the X on the S line is above 2 and 4!

Starting to sound good now, right?! We have one more addition to the beat – the bass drum!
Keep counting “One, Two, Three, Four” at a slow steady pace but now play the bass drum when you count one and three (the same time as the Hi-Hat but not the same time as the snare that comes on two and four!) Again you will see an X above the 2 and 4 on the Bass drum line!

Now play them altogether……

Congratulations you should now playing your first beat! Once you know how to play them, drum tabs for beginners are much easier than they look.

Drum Tabs For Beginners

Beginner 2 – Rock Beat 2:

Rock Beat 2 Drum Tab For Beginners

Hh = Hi-Hat
S =    Snare drum
B =   Bass drum

Click to hear this drum tab being played


Beginner Drum Tab 3 – Rock Beat 3:

Rock Beat Three Drum Tab For Beginners

Hh = Hi-Hat
S =    Snare drum
B =   Bass drum

Click to here this tab being played.

Got those down? Good, now lets move on from drum tabs for beginners and take a look at a more intermediate/advance tab:

Intermediate/Advance Drum Tab  – Funk Rock Beat 1:

Click to listen to this drum tab for beginners (Funk Beat 1) being played.

Funk Rock Beat 1 Drum Tab For Beginners

Hh = Hi-Hat
S =    Snare drum
B =   Bass drum


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Comment from sugat
Time May 30, 2011 at 6:04 am

can u teach me to read number drum tabs
which are shown in guitar pors

Comment from Sam
Time May 31, 2011 at 11:00 am

Hi There,
I presume you mean Guitar Pro? Its pretty simple to read but bear in mind some people write tabs on Guitar Pro aren’t drummers and while they sound good they can’t actually be played.

They are read the same way as sheet drum music is:

There are five lines the top ‘x’ are played by tapping a closed hi-hat, the note between the top two lines is played on the hi-tom the note on between the forth line and third is played on the low tom, the note between the second and third line is played on the floor tom. The note on the third line is played on the snare and finally the note between the bottom two lines is played on the bass drum (if there’s a note beneath the lines it should be played on the second bass drum pedal).

I hope that helped, slightly confusing I know but difficult to explain in a text reply! If your looking for a video explanation the drumming system does a great job.

Many thanks,


Comment from Vyolet
Time August 27, 2011 at 5:53 am

Thanky Thanky for all this good infromation!

Comment from Robert
Time November 1, 2011 at 4:48 am

Thanks for the info, gonna try these later on!


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