Atavachron – Allan Holdsworth Style

"Atavachron" is the title track from Allan Holdsworth's classic fusion album, released in 1986. It was his first album which featured the SynthAxe — a guitar-like MIDI controller.

Poor Tom – Led Zeppelin

"Poor Tom" was recorded in 1970, yet was not included on the Led Zeppelin III album. It was finally released 12 years later on the Coda album, two years after John Bonham's death.

Lesson 33 Groove

This groove's hand pattern is based off the ubiquitous lesson #33 from George Lawrence Stone's book, Stick Control.

Paradiddle 5-Stroke Lick

The sextuplet based lick heard in the second measure is based on the first five notes of a paradiddle. The lick is similar to the "Grandpa" hybrid rudiment, except that the first note of the group is not accented. Used in a slow/medium swing context, it generates powerful tension and release.

Rockin’ the Open Hi-Hat

Workout your hi-hat foot with this up-beat rock groove layered with a unique open hi-hat pattern.

Tear in My Heart – Twenty One Pilots – Verse Beat

This two-measure figure is played several times in the verse sections of Twenty One Pilot's 2015 hit, Tear in My Heart.

Linear Funk Rock

This linear groove uses the ride bell to accent the syncopation. The suggested tempo is 120 bpm, but this groove also sounds cool at slower (or faster) tempos.

Waste A Moment – Kings of Leon

"Waste a Moment" is the lead single form WALLS, Kings of Leon's latest album, released in late 2016.

Thriller – Michael Jackson – Main Groove

While the drum track to Thriller is a programmed track played by a drum machine, this groove is still a fun groove to play on an acoustic kit.

Kashmir – Verse

Led Zeppelin's epic "Kashmir" from their Physical Graffiti album became an instant classic when it was released in 1975.

St. Anger – Metallica – Chorus

"St. Anger" is the title track from Metallica's eighth studio album, released in 2003. It won a Grammy for Best Metal Performance in the following year.

Syncopated Melodic Tom Groove

This tom groove features a syncopated melody. Tom grooves are cool and adding a simple melody to the groove can bring it to the next level.

Accenting the Middle Note in Compound Meter

In compound meters*, the middle-note in each set of three notes is often neglected—overshadowed by the outer notes. In this beat, the middle note is featured, echoing the dotted-quarter-note pulse.

The Judge – Twenty One Pilots – Metric Modulation

"The Judge" from Twenty One Pilot's latest album, Blurryface, features some interesting tempo changes. The above notation relates to bridge section of the song, at the point where the tempo drops back (2:55).

One – Metallica – Beats

"One" is a dynamic piece that moves through several different meters and moods. It was Metallica's first Top 40 hit-single and the first song for which a video clip was made. The song also earned the band members their first-of-many Grammys (in the Best Metal Performance category) in the year after its release.

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