In this free drum lesson I’ll be showing you another extract from my eBook teaching the classic intro drum beat from the song “One” by Metallica.


One” Drum Beat Demonstration

View the video on YouTube HERE – Learn How To Play Drums Song One Video Drum Beat Lesson (Metallica & Lars Ulrich)


Why The “One” Drum Beat Is So Great

The use of unison sextuplets between a wall of guitars and Lars’ aggressively EQ’d kick drums redefined the use of double bass drums in metal. Although not the greatest double bass drummer in the world, Lars shows us all how to make the kicks really work in a song.

One Drum Beat Free Drum Lesson Lars Ulrich Metallica


How To Play It

Occurs around 4:43 into the song when the guitars and drums play together in unison. Although technically not very hard to read, this drum beat requires some strong single strokes on the double bass drum. A double bass drum pedal will do just as well if you don’t have two bass drums like Lars.

The hi-hat plays steady quarter notes on the half open hi-hat with a strong snare backbeat on beats 2 and 4 of both bars. In the second bar the snare drum and crash cymbal is played on beats 4 and the ‘+’ of beat 4.

The bass drum sixteenth note triplets are played as smoothly and evenly as possible. The tempo might prove tricky at first. Notice that exactly six bass drums are played and the snare drum is directly after technically making it the seventh note in a row.


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