In this free drum lesson I’ll be showing you another extract from my eBook teaching the great verse drum beat from the song “Walk This Way” by Aerosmith.
“Walk This Way” Full Drum Beat Lesson
View the video on YouTube HERE – Learn How To Play Drums Song Walk This Way Video Drum Lesson (Aerosmith & Joey Kramer)
Why The “Walk This Way” Drum Beat Is So Great
This drum beat is probably one of the most recognisable drum intro’s ever recorded. My generation grew up with the Run DMC cover version blasting out of their speakers but both start with that unmistakable drum groove performed by Joey Kramer.
There’s something very special about that sharp Hi-Hat bark and driving bass drum. A classic piece of drumming!
How To Play It
The drum beat occurs at the beginning of the song. Joey plays straight eighth notes on the hi-hat with his right hand
throughout the bar. A snare drum backbeat is supplied on beats 2 and 4, played at the same time as the hi-hat.
The bass drum is played on beat 1, beat 3 and the ‘+’ of beat 3, all falling at the same time as the hi-hat. A bass drum
sixteenth is played on the ‘a’ of beat 2 to push the groove into the downbeat on beat 3 of the bar. This bass drum on the
‘a’ falls in between the hi-hats.
Kramer creates a unique sounding groove by opening the hi-hat on beat 1 of the bar. This is a very uncommon place for
the hi-hat to be opened but sounds great! The hi-hat opens with the bass drum and then closes on the ‘+’ of beat 1, at
the same time as the hi-hat is struck with the right hand.