Difficulty LevelIn this free drum lesson, I have the drum notation for the drum solo from “Forty Six & Two” by Tool, featuring the drumming of Danny Carey.

The drum solo, like the rest of the song, is based in 7/4 throughout making it even more impressive! It starts at around 4:33 with super fast single strokes up and down the toms and then moving into a set of snare and crash stabs that dance around each other.

The final part occurs at 5:00, and I have to be honest with you here, I’m really not 100% sure what Danny is playing. What I have written works, and is the closest I could get to understanding the pattern after watching several videos of Danny playing this lick live…but I’m still not sure. It’s played so fast and mixes the toms with the bass drum making it very hard to hear.

Saying that though, hopefully you notice that the snare drum accent moves across the bar every beat and a half…groups of three eighth notes. So, as I’ve seen other drummers online play, you could play this grouping a little easier with just three sets of “Bonham” triplets…that’s two hands and a foot. Play this grouping three times and you have the same pattern that moves across the bar…but this is NOT what Danny plays. Both bass drums are used and his hand pattern changes rates…so it’s not a simple repeating pattern. Again, this is the best I could do to interpret this lick, so feel free to try your own ideas if you do not like mine. Good luck!


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