Sober’s Verse Groove TechniqueNate Brown
Learn the groove and technique used by Danny Carey throughout the intro and verses of Sober by Tool.
The hi-hat ostinato can be difficult to play against the bass pattern — especially on the “& ah” of beat 2. The hi-hat plays the first two sixteenth notes, and the bass plays the next two. At first, you may find it difficult to not play a hi-hat stroke on the “ah,” but you’ll get it eventually.
It’s fun to experiment with this hi-hat ostinato in your own grooves. Experiment with it, have fun and share any cool ideas you find with us. Keep drumming!