A Chad Smith drum transcription from the handwritten archives. He unleashes some powerful snare and funk chops on this upbeat Red Hot Chili Peppers track. From the album Mother’s Milk, it’s a force of nature all its own.

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Notation key:

notes on the bottom of staff = kick drum
notes under bottom of staff ‘x’ = high hat with left foot
notes on the middle of staff = snare
circled notes on other lines = toms
top of staff ‘x” = high hat (when a 0 is on top = open)
top of staff ‘x’ with circle around it is ride cymbal
top of staff triangle = crash cymbal

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“Black Cow” is the opening track of Steely Dan’s classic album “AJA”, and is one of my favorite recorded drum performances. The feel, space, and elegance that Paul Humphrey plays with is unparalleled. The groove is wide and spacious giving the rest of the rest of the instruments and voices plenty of room to fit in and be heard. Inspiring!Watch Cyberbully (2015) Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

From the hand written transcription archives

Notation key:

notes on the bottom of staff = kick drum
notes under bottom of staff ‘x’ = high hat with left foot
notes on the middle of staff = snare
circled notes on other lines = toms
top of staff ‘x” = high hat (when a 0 is on top = open)
top of staff ‘x’ with circle around it is ride cymbal
top of staff triangle = crash cymbal

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More from othe handwritten drum transcription archives, and this one is a rare track “Best Western” from John Scofield’s Electric Outlet album

It’s a slow half time feel and Steve Jordan is simply stunning on this recording. The subtle snare drum work in the middle section is amazing, and played with grace.

Notation key:

notes on the bottom of staff = kick drum
notes under bottom of staff ‘x’ = high hat with left foot
notes on the middle of staff = snare
notes on other lines = toms
top of staff ‘x” = high hat (when a 0 is on top = open)
top of staff ‘x’ with circle around it is ride cymbal
top of staff triangle = crash cymbal

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From the handwritten transcription archives:

FU BU KI From Kazumi Watanabe’s album SPICE OF LIFE TOO, Bill Bruford delivers a tight performance on this track which shifts through different time signatures and figures. It’s solid, and a great track to practice playing in shifting meters with.

Notation key:

notes on the bottom of staff = kick drum
notes on the middle of staff = snare
notes on other lines = toms
top of staff ‘x” = high hat (when a 0 is on top = open)
top of staff ‘x’ with circle around it is ride cymbal
top of staff triangle = crash cymbal
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From Jeff Beck’s “WIRED” album

This is the insane drum intro to LED BOOTS which should need no introduction. This is old school-in-your-face fusion drumming (in the vein of Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return To Forever). It’s intense, loose, and he just SLAMS those open high hats. Listen to it loud.

It’s hand written from years ago, and here’s a key to the notation:

notes on the bottom of staff = kick drum
notes on the middle of staff = snare
notes with circles on other lines = toms
top of staff ‘x” = high hat (when a 0 is on top = slamming open high hat
top of staff triangle = cymbal

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Another handwritten drum transcription from the archives.

“D.I.Y” is a from Peter Gabriel’s second solo album. The song flows freely between lots of odd meters, but never in a staggering way. Jerry Marotta’s groove is rock solid, and he deceptively keeps a steady quarter note pulse throughout. Like some Beatles songs, you’re not even aware that the meters are shifting because of how smooth it’s played, and that aforementioned quarter note pulse.

If you want to work on changing odd time signatures with a great music track, I highly recommend this one. Jerry Marotta is one of the greats.

It’s hand written from years ago, and here’s a key to the notation:

notes on the bottom of staff = kick drum
notes on the middle of staff = snare
notes with on other lines = toms
top of staff ‘x” = high hat (when a 0 is on top = open high hat
top of staff “x” with circle around it = ride cymbal
top of staff triangle = cymbal

 Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

 Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

The ever graceful Manu Katché plays some of his most musical and intense drumming inside this inspiring passage from “That Voice Again” by Peter Gabriel. It’s all toms cymbals, and kick drum. This is a partial transcription of the song (the second pre-chorus before the last chorus). Incredible!

It’s hand written from years ago, and here’s a key to the notation:

top of staff ‘x” = high hat (when a 0 is on top = open high hat
top of staff triangle = cymbal
bottom of staff = kick drum
notes with circles = toms

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This is from Peter Gabriel’s masterpiece album “So”, most famous for the single “In Your Eyes” which also features Manu Katché’s brilliant drumming.

Below is a groove idea that I wrote out for my friend Jace D at N.A.M.M. a few years back. We were talking about drum grooves of the 1970s, and how adventurous they were. Even in pop songs. Even the drum fills.

I had been fascinated by Steve Gadd’s groove for “Chuck E’s In Love” , a hit single by Rickie Lee Jones. The basic groove is a swampy, swung 8th note, half time groove which is just loaded with feel. But then there comes a breakdown bridge of just acoustic guitar/vocal, and at a different tempo. So what does Steve Gadd do to pull us back to a swung 8th note feel and original tempo? A funky, straight 16th note fill of course.

I’ve been planing on doing a YouTube video to talk about this incredible fill, and how it inspired me to create some grooves from it. But back to my conversation with Jace. I wrote out one of the grooves inspired by the fill, and then the actual fill below on a scrap of paper:

For the drummers out there, the x=high hat, the middle note=snare, and the bottom note=kick drum. There’s an accent on the second right hand when playing the high hat. All of the snare notes are ghost notes except for the backbeat on 3.

The actual lick from the recording is transcribed at the bottom. Note the open high hat with the right hand on beat four.

More on this later, but if you haven’t heard this great song, inspiring drumming, and an insane drum fill, check it out.