Drum Technique in a Bottle
Learn the tom-layering technique used by Stewart Copeland in the classic hit Message in a Bottle.
Leading into the first chorus, Copeland plays a traditional, driving, up-rock beat but adds a little flavor to it with the toms. On beats "& 3" of each measure, a tom pattern is layered over the base groove. You can translate this technique to any groove you might already play. Try throwing in a tom pattern when your snare stick isn't playing.