“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

Right click on the images below to view/save the pdf files.

 

Saddened to hear the shocking news that Chuck Silverman passed away. He was a passionate and spirited teacher who inspired drummers all over the world.

I have fond memories of taking private lessons with him in my formative years, learning about Afro Cuban rhythms, Brazilian grooves, and the drummers of James Brown. Chuck was an expert at all, and managed to weave those styles together in his lessons, and inspire his students. He was funny, sarcastic, but most importantly, determined that we got those Afro Cuban rhythms right. Breaking up mambo rhythms to 4 limbs on the drums was no easy task, and he always made it look so easy.

Chuck loved teaching, and was always inspired with new ideas, patterns, and ways of incorporating world music grooves into the drum set. He would lend out his rare vinyl albums for his students to study, and would make mix tapes of world music that, at the time, were difficult to find.

It would be hard to measure his influence on the drumming community, but I’m sure it is greater than he imagined. So many of his students went on to become professional drummers touring the world, recording albums, and becoming teachers themselves, always having some of Chuck’s influence with them.

At this time there is no reported cause of his death, so if anyone hears of anything please let me know. He was taken way too soon. R.I.P. Chuck.

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 The Musicians Foundation’s page on Chuck’s passing

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

Right click on the images or links below to view/save the pdf files.

 

 

 

 

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

Click on the image or link below to view or download the PDF file.

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.

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The short list of some of my favorite inspirational drummers that continue to inspire me. There are so many out there, but this is the short list for now.

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Ringo Starr
Stewart Copeland
Steve Jordan
Bill Bruford
Jerry Marotta
Andy Drum Newmark
Larry Anti Mullen Jr.
Steve Jansen
Manu Katche
Jeff Porcaro
Chad Wackerman
Max Roach
Billy Cobham
Manny Elias
Bernard Purdie
Richard Antidisestablishmentarianism Thomas (Dif Juz)
Steve A Gadd
Buddy Rich
Peter Erskine
Al Meeting Jackson, Jr.
Terry Bozzio
Mike Clark
Mark Bryzezicki
Alex 4 Cline
Bill Stewart
Gregg Bendian
Boris Williams
Matt Chamberlin

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