This is the third lesson in my unit on rap music.
Today, we are looking at creating a drum beat using a simple and free drum machine that can be easily downloaded.
There are several of these programs that you can use. I used Hammerhead simply because it was already installed on our school computers.
This drum machine is really easy to use.
All you need to do is select an instrument from the drop down panel in Channel 1. Then, you colour in the beats you want that instrument to sound. The yellow buttons are for Beat 1.
Here is a handy trick for making a nice backing track for you to rap to.
- Set the tempo as low as it will go – 50 bpm
- In Channel 1, select a closed hi-hat cymbal and set it to sound on every beat.
- In Channel 2, select a bass drum (BD) and have it sound on every yellow button (Beat 1)
- In Channel 2, select a snare drum and have it sound on Beat 3.
Writing lyrics and forming rap groups.
See you next week for another hip-hop edition of Teaching Tip Tuesday!