Dark Necessities – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Beat

"Dark Necessities" is the first single on Red Hot Chili Pepper's 11th studio album, The Getaway (2016). The song became the band's 13th number-one single on the Billboard 'Alternative Songs' chart, setting a new record.

Grooving Sixteenth Rock with Funky Rolls

This rock groove plays alternating sixteenth notes between the ride bell and hi-hat. The snare remains on the classic beats 2 and 4 while the hands do the embellishing.

‘R L F’ Pattern Between the Toms and Bass

This two-measure pattern is based on a three-note motif; played with the right stick, then the left stick, then the foot (RLF). To make the phrase groove in 4/4, the snare is played on the back-beats. The pattern is rhythmically interesting underneath, yet easy for fellow band members and listeners to follow.

Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

When Queen recorded Bohemian Rhapsody in 1975, it was the most expensive single ever produced. Band members: Freddy Mercury, Brian May and Roger Taylor sang for ten to twelve hours a day and used up to 180 overdubs to create the rich vocal textures heard in the operatic section. The song has become one of the most popular singles of all time.

Back in Black – AC/DC

The song Back in Black was written as a tribute to AC/DC's original singer, Bon Scott, who had died only weeks earlier in 1980. Back in Black (the album) went on to become the second best selling record of all time.

Messed Up Flam Tap Groove

This wicked groove breaks a pseudo-flam-tap pattern up across the ride bell, toms and snare.

Balancing the Hands – Swing

This is an exercise designed to balance your hands through playing the jazz swing rhythm with either hand. In the first bar, the right hand leads, playing the rhythm on the floor tom. In the second bar, the left hand leads, playing the high tom. The spaces are filled with ghosted snare drum notes. These ghost strokes help you to hear and feel the underlying triplets in the swing feel.

Blended Paradiddle Groove

This groove blends both the double paradiddle and the single paradiddle into a crazy sounding drum beat based in common time.

Echoing the Rhythm

This 'Bo Diddly' inspired beat uses the same bass and snare drum rhythm in both measures. However in the first measure, the accents on the hi-hat fall with the bass drum. In the second measure, the hi-hat accents 'echo' the bass drum pattern. This variation creates a more interesting sounding rhythm without altering its essence.

Heathens – Twenty One Pilots – Chorus

"Heathens" is Twenty One Pilots' latest hit–single, which features on the upcoming Suicide Squad (movie) soundtrack.

Have Some E Ands

This groove uses a funky, syncopated sixteenth note ostinato on the hi-hat.

Casual Affair – Panic! at the Disco – Groove

Casual Affair features on Panic at the Disco's fourth album "Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!" (2013).

Rockin’ Odd-Time Drum Beat

This rock flavored beat is phrased in 3/4 time. The open hi-hats add an up-beat, syncopated layer to the groove.

Last Hope – Paramore

Last Hope is a dynamic, mid-paced tune on Paramore's self-titled album, released in 2013.

Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake's latest hit single "Can't Stop the Feeling" was released in May 2016 and entered the Billboard charts near the top.



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