Groove Of The Month – April 2017

“Foreclosure Of A Dream” – Megadeth – 1992 – Nick Menza – 136 bpm

This month our groove comes to us from the chorus of Megadeth’s “Foreclosure Of A Dream.” This was the first double bass song I heard as a young inexperienced drummer that wasn’t an unapproachable display of speed and stamina, and still had taste. It wasn’t dopey or something that you could easily fake with a single pattern, at least not at the level I was playing at. It was my doorway in to metal drumming.

For this groove your hands play a standard quarter note beat. Four ride bell hits with snare on 2 and 4. The kicks are the cool part. They fall on 1, 2+, and a run starting on the + of 3: +a4e+a.

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As a rule every 4 bars there is a snare and bass double stop with crashes on 3+ and 4e, though the form changes a bit during the guitar solo, which is the section demonstrated.

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Groove of the month is a monthly column dedicated to drumset beats that generally do not fall into my standard teaching patterns. They tend to be interesting beats that function on a few different levels, that way the beat can be used with many different students for many different reasons

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Jeremy Otto wears many hats. He is a music educator, composer, performer, recording engineer, and hack writer. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. When he's not teaching you can find him doing any of the other aforementioned activities.