A gallop is a beat or rhythm typically used in traditional heavy metal songs. It is created by playing an eighth note followed by two sixteenth notes (
One technique on guitar involves strumming palm muted power chords in an up-and-down motion with a pick, thereby creating an ostinato. Variations include the triplet gallop and the reverse gallop.
On drums, the technique often uses a double kick pedal. A typical drum gallop is formed around this skeleton:
H- x---x---x---x---| S- ----o-------o---| B- o-ooo-ooo-ooo-oo|
Several early examples are variations on the pattern that do not strictly use the "eighth note followed by two sixteenth notes", but nonetheless have been identified as gallops.