So I'm working on a song with a 4otF rhythm, but the beat gets rather boring after a while (it's a somewhat long song). I'm looking to switch up the drums but I'm not sure I know what pattern to use or if a fill would work better, and a Jersey Club beat doesn't work with the song. Any ideas?
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You can try some of these things to make the drums more interesting:
- Add Snare or clap on 3 and 4
- Add closed high-hats
- Add open high-hat on the off-beat (and)
- Add percussions
- Add cymbals
- Make the drums not start all at the same time. Introduce one part after another (Like 8 bars only kick, then 8 bars kick + clap, then 8 bars kick + clap + hat)
- Add parts where you dont use the drums at all (like breaks)
- Add parts where you just mute the kick drum
- After these breaks you can try to reintroduce the different drum-sounds one after another again.
- Add breakbeat-drumloops
- Make the drumpatterns not only 1 bar that repeats, make it 4 or 8 bars with some slightly variations
- Play around with some delay
- Try to use patterns of your melodie or baseline for some accents
- Try to counter some patterns of your melodie or baseline for some accents
Maybe add or omit kick drum beats and add some high-hat or snare patterns to fill the space? It seems you have a kind of wobbly synth going, maybe add drum pattern that are changing in volume alongside this? However, I agree with the comment on this post from -PeterJ it depends on what kind of effect you are trying to achieve by varying the drum part.