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.

Terminator – Themes

The soundtrack for the movie franchise 'The Terminator' has seen several incarnations over the last 30 years. In this article, we will compare the core rhythms used in sequels to the original theme.

Master of Puppets – Metallica – Verse

The verse sections in "Master of Puppets" feature an unusual 'turnaround' rhythm in the fourth measure of each line. Even though the rhythm is played the same each time, it can be difficult to grasp, as it falls in the crack between two fairly common meters. In this article, we will compare several possible approaches to notating this anomaly.

Roxanne – The Police – Verse

'Roxanne' was originally released in the UK in 1978 without making waves. However, it was re-released early the following year, giving The Police some much-needed early exposure and their first hit-single. In 2008, 'Roxanne' was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and is ranked #388 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Adventure of a Lifetime – Coldplay

This two-measure groove propels Coldplay's latest hit 'Adventure of a Lifetime' (2015).

Ride – Twenty One Pilots

Twenty One Pilots drummer, Josh Dun, kicks off 'Ride' with a powerful reggae-inspired feel. The right-hand plays the hi-hat in sixteenth-notes, with an emphasis on the eighth-note pulse.

Alexander The Great – Iron Maiden – Bridge

This excerpt is taken from the bridge section (3:54 – 4:38) of Iron Maiden's epic 'Alexander The Great' from the album, Somewhere in Time (1986). The drum pattern is played with little variation, providing a steady platform for the band.


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