How To Play Every Type of Blast Beat – With Notation!

Samus Paulicelli is no stranger to the blast beat. Having played for Abigail Williams and his current band – death metal darlings Decrepit Birth – as well as innumerable spot-on YouTube covers of everything from The Black Dahlia Murder to Born of Osiris.

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So we could call him a pretty good authority on blast beats – and in this video, he demonstrates exactly how to do each variant of the idea (at least, I can’t think of any others).

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