Heavydirtysoul – Twenty One Pilots

Heavydirtysoul is the sixth single from Twenty One Pilot's double-platinum selling album, Blurryface (2015).

Piano Man – Billy Joel

Piano Man, Billy Joel's signature song, was the singer's first single and his most popular song of all time. Although the drums appear low in the mix, drummer Ron Tutt plays a very dynamic and creative part. In this post, we will compare three of the beats used in the song and how the placement of the snare changes the feel.

Syncopated Sixteenths Rock Grooves

This syncopated groove plays the bass drum along with all of the sixteenth notes on the hi-hat. Be sure to play all of the hi-hat strokes with your right stick (or left with a left-handed setup).

Walk – Pantera – Chorus

"Walk" is a popular, hard rocking single from Panera's sixth album, Vulgar Display of Power (1992).

Hesitated Sixteenths

The rests in this funky groove give it a hesitated feel. The second bar gives the impression of odd timing as the backbeat displaces. Be sure to use alternating sticking on the hi-hat.

Afro 12/8

In this is beat, the African clave (bell pattern) is being used in a different way.

Go Go Beat Variation

Learn this slick variation in the Go-Go Beat style.

Nobody’s Fault but Mine – Led Zeppelin

"Nobody's Fault but Mine" is a blues cover included on Led Zeppelin's 1976 album, Presence.

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.

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 from 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.

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