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Old 12-29-2010, 09:03 PM
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Default Blast Beats...

Since I primarily listen to black metal / metal people assume that most of what I play is just blast beats and double kick, which is far from the truth. I was wondering how often you guys use blast beats in your music outside of metal, and what else it fits well with.
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Old 12-29-2010, 09:46 PM
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Default Re: Blast Beats...

Well I'm in the same boat my friend. I lost a good oppurtunity to play in a band b/c they thought metal was the only genre I played to. I personally use double bass triplets wherever I can fit it. Now blast beats... I really think they are best in metal.... I don't use them anywhere else b/c it doesn't usually fit. Double bass triplets just kinda tossed around in any other genre adds a lil flare (in my opinion anyway...) into what you're playing. But blastbeats should prolly stay in metal. ;)
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Old 12-30-2010, 03:39 AM
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Default Re: Blast Beats...

I agree completely, people shouldn't believe that double bass is meant to be restricted to metal it sounds great in fills beats all the time. True, blast beats fit best in metal, it would be cool to hear someone make it fit somewhere else though.
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Old 12-30-2010, 03:40 AM
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imma have to attempt that sometime... just to give my wondering brain a rest ;)
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Old 12-30-2010, 05:00 AM
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Default Re: Blast Beats...

I always thought they fit nicely into jazz.

Or am I thinking of something else?
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Old 12-30-2010, 05:02 AM
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haha. triplets or blast beats? big difference. :)
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Default Re: Blast Beats...

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Well I'm in the same boat my friend. I lost a good oppurtunity to play in a band b/c they thought metal was the only genre I played to. I personally use double bass triplets wherever I can fit it. Now blast beats... I really think they are best in metal.... I don't use them anywhere else b/c it doesn't usually fit. Double bass triplets just kinda tossed around in any other genre adds a lil flare (in my opinion anyway...) into what you're playing. But blastbeats should prolly stay in metal. ;)
but if you get down to the actual motions of a blast beat (traditional blast/hammer blast) ,blasts are used in almost every genre of music just in different contexts and speeds, you may not have noticed it. the blast beat did actually originate in jazz.
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Old 12-30-2010, 04:13 PM
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I have read Dereck Roddy's book on blast beats and it seems very simple. Basicicaly the "blast beat" is a single stroke roll. So providing the musical enviroment allows for such things, a blast beat can fit in. It's a an incredibly basic technique. Basics are, we are told, everything. So use it if people agree.
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Old 12-30-2010, 05:58 PM
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Default Re: Blast Beats...

Here's something to chew on:

A drummer can approach his set in two ways.
  1. His drumset in its entirety is the instrument he plays. The conglomeration of his drums and cymbals are counted as one voice.
  2. His drumset is made up of a variety of instruments that he plays by himself at the same time.

Now, Imagine what music would sound like if your group didn't have a drummer, but an auxiliary percussion section, playing all of the things that are on a drumset. It would sound completely different because it's a completely different approach to the percussion.

Going along these lines, there is a drummer at this open mike blues jam that I attend that is very broad in his playing spectrum, but it's undeniable that he leans toward rock and metal. Occasionally he will do a sort of blast beat on his snare and hi-hat, crescendoing on the snare up to a stop in the song. It sounds interesting, because it's almost like more than one person is playing the drumset.

Blast beats can be used sparingly outside of their home genre, purely for the reason that some of the ideas behind them allow you to play orchestrally, rather than playing in the standard mind-set that characterizes drumming today.
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