When Doves Cry – PrinceSteve Ley
"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.
The above notation is an interpretation of the main two-measure drum pattern, intended to be applied to a standard drum set. The pattern is used throughout the verse and chorus sections of the song. A snare-less variation is used in the intro, middle-8, and the first part of the outro.
The core element of the drum pattern is the bass and snare drum part, which drives the groove. The mid-tom part resembles a heart beat and is played relatively quietly. The snare should be played strongly with the left hand, while the right hand plays the toms and hi-hat.
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