Hi-hat Technique from Sultans of Swing

This upbeat rock beat uses an open hi-hat technique to lift the second bar of the repeat.

Holy Wars – Megadeth – Intro

Holy Wars was the opening track on Megadeth's fourth album, Rust in Peace (1990) and the first Megadeth album featuring Nick Menza on drums.

Overkill – Motörhead

Overkill is the title track on Motörhead's second album (1979). The song is notable for drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor's relentless sixteenth-note double bass ostinato which inspired a generation of hard rock and metal drummers.

Genie in a Bottle – Christina Aguilera

"Genie in a Bottle" was the lead single on Christina Aguilera's self-titled debut album (1999). Its worldwide success made the young songstress a household name.

20th Century Fox Fanfare

The instantly recognizable drum intro for the 20th Century Fox fanfare has been psyching-up movie-goers since the 1930s.

Trailing Triplets – Why Worry – Dire Straits

'Why Worry' is the mid-album ballad on Dire Straits' double-grammy winning album, Brothers in Arms (1985). A shaker/wood-block maintain and color the time through the first two-thirds of the song, before Omar Hakim launches into the dynamic drum part in the concluding instrumental section (starting 6 minutes in).

Disco Hats – Drum Beat

Learn this disco-esque drum beat that borrows some of the hi-hat techniques and snare pattern used in the song Le Freak by Chic.

When Doves Cry – Prince

"When Doves Cry" dominated the US charts when it was released in 1984 and has endured as a fan-favourite for the last three decades. Prince played all of the instruments on the song, including programming the distinctive drum track on a Linn drum machine. He made the unconventional decision to not include bass guitar accompaniment in the song, instead allowing the bass drum and toms to occupy the low-frequency range.

Syncopated Hi-Hat and Bass Drum – Drum Beat

We borrowed a technique used by Rodney Holmes in the Santana song Smooth to create this syncopated groove.

Pyramid Song – Radiohead

Pyramid Song was the first single from Radiohead's 2001 album, Amnesiac. Its hypnotic rhythm has been the subject of much debate over the years. The notation and audio clip above were taken from the point where the drums enter (at 2:10).

Linear Funk Drum Beat

This slick funk groove is a linear pattern broken up between the toms, snare and bass drum.

Pompeii – Bastille – Pre-Chorus

This rhythm is featured in the pre-chorus sections of Bastille's 2013 hit, Pompeii.

Funk Rock Fusion – Drum Beat

This fusion drum beat conceals the one with multiple layers including the open hi-hat, bass drum and slick rim knock pattern.

Simple Man – Lynyard Skynyrd – Verse

This two-measure groove is heard throughout the verse sections of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man" – a fan favourite from the band's debut album "Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd" (1973).

Closer to the Edge – 30 Seconds to Mars – Verse 2

Closer to the Edge is the second single from 30 Seconds to Mars' album "This is War" (2010). Drummer, Shannon Leto, plays an evolving drum part throughout the song; each section building on the last.


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