As a musician who plays the drums, your partner in rhythm in the band is the bass player. Together you lay the foundation for the songs you play. Here are some examples of how the drums and bass work together in different musical situations.
“Can’t Always Get What You Want” The Rolling Stones
Drums: Charlie Watts, Bass: Bill Wyman
The bass and drums pretty much line up here.
“Taxman” The Beatles
Drums: Ringo Starr, Bass: Paul McCartney
Here the bass and drums line up playing the same rhythm, except the bass line doesn’t play on beat 4. This plays well against what the guitar is playing and highlights the snare hit on the 4.
“My Favorite Things” John Coltrane
Drums: Elvin Jones, Bass: Steve Davis
This one is a jazz standard. The bass is holding down the rhythm, accentuating the downbeat, while the drums are flowing triplets.
Drums: Roger Taylor, Bass: John Deacon
The bass here plays the main riff while the drums hold it down.
“Around the World” Red Hot Chili Peppers
Drums: Chad Smith, Bass: Flea
The bass line is playing melodically while the drums hold down a 16th note part.
Drums: Mitch Mitchell, Bass: Noel Redding
This is an example of the bass, and guitar, leaving space for drums to get expressive.