One of the best ways to learn specific drum parts, aside from critical listening, is to have a transcription of the actual part. As a young drummer, I first studied well-written transcriptions along with the recording to get an accurate picture of what was happening. Over time, I learned to transcribe parts on my own and have compiled quite a collection in 25 years of drumming.
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Life and Times – “Muscle Cars”
The Locust – “Hot Tubs Full of Brand New Fuel”
The National – “Mistaken for Strangers”
Jawbreaker – “Chemistry”
One of my all time favorite songs and a great one for students looking to learn some history!
Burning Airlines – “Tasty Kake”
Here is a transcription of a great Burning Airlines song called TastyKake. Drummer Peter Moffett really tears it up, especially with an odd grouping fill in the opening section.
Over the years, I’ve transcribed hundreds of examples of jazz playing, often the drum solo, but just as much the examples are of the time played by the great drummers behind other soloists. Here’s an example from one of my favorites, Shelley Manne.
This “Time and Trades” is from his recording “The Navy Swings.” The song is “It Could Happen to You” and the example comes from Shelley’s playing behind Richie Kamuka’s saxophone solo.
Shelley Manne – “I’m an Old Cowhand”
Here’s another Manne excerpt. This is the great solo turn he takes on Sonny Rollins song “I’m an Old Cowhand” from the 1957 release “Way Out West.”
Alice In Chains – “Check My Brain”
Basic song with solid playing and predictable structure.
Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
A true classic and super fun to play!
The Cars – “Just What I Needed”
A great song for an intermediate level drum student.
Drake “Hotline Bling”
The drum part to this song, if played as it was programmed, is deceptively hard! A simpler groove would work and sound just fine, but try to wrap your mind around what is really happening here. It’s fun.