Rasputin – Boney M

Rasputin – Boney M - Drum Beat

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"Rasputin" was a world-wide hit for euro-disco group Bony M, and the second hit-single from their Nightlight to Venus album (1978).

Keith Forsey kicks-off the tune with a sextuplet based fill, followed by a killer tribal beat which lays the foundation for the intro section (above).

The first three right-hand notes are strongly accented, hooking the listener into the groove. The mid-tom is featured in the second half of each measure, adding a melodic element to the rhythm.

Try experimenting with the accents and adding a touch of swing to the sixteenth notes.

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Steve Ley
Steve Ley is a professional drummer, teacher, writer and Sheet Music Team Director for Online Drummer. He studied at the Australian National University, graduating with a Diploma of Music specializing in jazz performance.