In this free drum lesson, I have the drum notation for a cool section from “Aces High” by Iron Maiden, featuring the drumming of Nicko McBrain.
The section starts at around 1:54 and is repeated in other parts of the song as well. This bridge section features some cool single pedal bass drum work from Nicko and also demonstrates his ability to improvise as well.
The first four bars feature a bass drum pattern playing on the offbeats in between the Snare and Ride hits. Notice that the section starts with two Crash cymbals following the bass line. The drum fill at the end of bar four is a classic idea where the bass drum is used to fill in the gap before a double hand stab on the Snare and Crash.
Bars 6 and 7 show a bass drum pattern at the end of the bar that also gets repeated in other similar sections during the song…two bass drums leading into the Snare drum back beat. The last bar features a drum fill that uses the Herta drum lick/rudiment. It consists of the RLRL which takes up the space of three sixteenth notes, so that it moves across the beat in a cool way.
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