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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