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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.
In compound meters*, the middle-note in each set of three notes is often neglected—overshadowed by the outer notes. In this beat, the middle note is featured, echoing the dotted-quarter-note pulse.
For this week's drum lesson we have got a cracking 12/8 groove and fill for beginner to intermediate level players. The faster you play it the harder it becomes. However, this combo of beat and lick will sound great at almost any tempo.
The soundtrack for the movie franchise 'The Terminator' has seen several incarnations over the last 30 years. In this article, we will compare the core rhythms used in sequels to the original theme.
Learn the first chorus grooves and fills from the late 90s hit Iris by Goo Goo Dolls.
Enjoy a free excerpt from the first chorus of the song Iris by Goo Goo Dolls.
In this lesson, learn a couple 6/8 drum fills and grooves from the song Toxicity by System Of A Down.
This sheet accompanies Nate Brown's video lesson teaching a couple fills and grooves from Toxicity by System Of A Down.
This week's Jammit Tuesday lesson walks through some classic 6/8 fills from Lynryd Skynryd's Tuesday's Gone. This song has a lot of great 6/8 fill examples.
This weeks lesson I have put together a nice little groove on the toms in 6/8 (or 12/8... depends how you want to think about it.). It is simple to begin with, but as we add more layers it becomes more difficult, but a bit more lively.
This sheet music accompanies Alex Ribchester's video drum lesson laying out a Tool-style 6/8 tom groove.
In this lesson Nate Brown lays down some foundational 6/8 rock grooves and then shares some alternative hand patterns to embellish the grooves.
This sheet music accompanies Nate Browns video drum lesson on 6/8 rock grooves and additional hand patterns to embellish them.
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