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Rockabilly Drumming

Rockabilly drumming is largely upbeat straight ahead drumming style with an arsenal of rolls, stops, shots, train beats and “spooky” tom fills. The songs mostly utilize swing beats on the ride cymbal with a straight four on the kick drum and rounding out with the second and the forth beats on the snare. Train beats are used for driving a song if played with brushes you can acheive a rustic hillbilly feel. Spooky Tom beats were the driving force of Gene Krupa’s “Sing Sing Sing” and have been a staple of the drummers toolkit ever since.

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