World Record Drum Beats Per Minute – The Statistics

Posted by Mike Schumacher

This article will discuss world record drum beats per minute. These are the sounds that your drummer will produce in order to achieve the maximum sound.

You will need a rock solid base drum kit and will need your kit to hit a maximum of 120 beats per minute. The reason why the minimum beats per minute (BPM) needed is 120 bpm is because the minimum bpm needed is 6/4 and 120 is 6/4.

So, you can also increase the bpm to 110 bpm to be in 6/4.

Timing is everything when it comes to drum beats per minute. Timing is the level of speed and excitement when it comes to playing your drum kit to the best quality.

Below are some of the world record drum beats per minute.

  • Ric Flair – 145 bpm
  • Bad Brains – 149 bpm
  • Nas – 148 bpm
  • Hawkwind – 150 bpm
  • Nas – 150 bpm
  • Jay Z – 153 bpm

Hit the jump for more on the world record drum beats per minute, as well as step by step drum lessons.

It’s important to understand that the goal is to produce your drum kit at a high bpm. So, if you’re not going to do that, find a high bpm bass drum or even use a bass drum pedal.

The task at hand is to get your drums to hit the BPM’s of 149 and 153 bpm. We will use a drum kit that has a maximum of 6 kits.

Step 1

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Grab your guitar (or a bass if you’re feeling lazy), and sit down at your kit. The best thing to do is to get a medium density mat or a sturdy wooden table. These tools are vital to begin this project.

Step 2

Put your knees down and rest your feet on the drum kit. You’re now at a basic drum set up.

Step 3

Place your hands up on the edge of the drum kit. At this point, your hands are placed at the top of the kit.

You need to start controlling the notes and bpm with your hands.

You’ll begin to see that this kind of drum set up will allow you to be able to play more complex drum fills, as well as learn your basic drum kit.

Step 4

Now that you are at a basic drum set up, begin playing the basic kits that we mentioned earlier.

As you are playing, you can “hang on the edge” of your kits, and slowly work your way to getting your hands closer and closer to the top edge of the drum kit.

Step 5

This is when you begin to hear a sound as your hands begin to do more precise drum fills, and bpm’s continue to increase.

Step 6

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Once you begin to get the hang of this drum set up, move on to the next one. You should have multiple drums set up in a row.

Step 7

You can now really begin to practice playing your basic drums. Again, your hands should be hanging on the edge of the kit.

Step 8

Now, move on to playing complicated notes on your kit.

Step 9

Once you have mastered this basic kit, you should be able to play your drums to 148 bpm.

Step 10

Now that you are playing your drums to 148 bpm, you should really practice your fills and rhythms.

A very simple way to accomplish this is to close your eyes.

You can also use an imaginary double bass drum kit, or even utilize other effects such as EQ or Distortion to emphasize certain drum beats.

Step 11

Now, begin playing more complex fills that are designed to highlight the kit’s BPM’s.

Step 12

As you play your fills, you should be able to hear the BPM’s get louder and louder. As you continue to practice, your drums will eventually reach 149 bpm.

Step 13

At this point, you should begin to have some of the fill rhythms come out of your feet.

That means, you should be able to play a fill pattern on the kit’s 2nd and/or 4th set of kick drums. If you are doing this, make sure to position your feet at a 45-degree angle in relation to the kit.

You should be able to play anything from X-Down to Zero-Down.

Step 14

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When you are at this point, the BPM’s of your drums should begin to decrease.

By this time, your drum fills should be playing at a high BPM’s, and not so high that it is just a scream!

If you’re doing this, you will notice your fills begin to get softer and softer until they finally begin to fade away.

Step 15

Once your BPM’s are completely going down, you should begin to play your fills at a lower BPM’s.

You can also drop in your fills by no louder than 50 BPM’s, or less.

Step 16

Now, it is time to do a simple back and forth. This will teach you to play both up-beats and down-beats on your kit.

The best way to practice this is to first play the down-beat drum pattern, then reverse it.

As you play back the up-beat, then reverse it, you’ll be able to play both fills at the same time. You’ll also be able to practice the opposite of what we played last.

This will help you become a better overall drummer!

Step 17

Now, you can play simple fills or rhythms on your drums that are designed to highlight the bpm’s that your drums are playing.

Step 18

Make sure to position your sticks at 45-degree angles. You should now be able to play any and all of your fills and rhythms with your kit’s BPM’s.

Step 19

If your fill patterns are beginning to be repetitive, you may want to practice them at 1 and 2 count.

Step 20

When you are finished with all of your drums, it is time to switch gears.

You can either practice more fills, rhythms, and drums that highlight the bpm’s of your kit, or you can practice simple metronome rhythms such as On & On & On, Rolling In The Deep, or Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

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