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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  • This is what composers and drummers are for, It's not possible to make suggestions, other than just vary the drum part, ,without knowing the context. .
    – PeterJ
    Apr 2 '19 at 15:28

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
  • for the breakbeat, would the amen break work?
    – Jodast
    Apr 3 '19 at 16:54
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    I feel like this one works everywhere. Give it a try, I have used it many times myself. You can try mix different breaks together.
    – Olli
    Apr 4 '19 at 9:36

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.

  • I'm pretty much just looking for something that keeps the drums from getting boring
    – Jodast
    Apr 3 '19 at 3:39

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