Difficulty LevelThe tom-tom based drum beat that Dominic Howard plays in the song Stockholm Syndrome is just one of those drum beats that turn heads. The band Muse makes the stomping tunes and Dom supplies the stomping grooves, this one being a very good example of this.

In this free video drum lesson I’m going to show you how to play this drum beat as well as how to play two simplified versions of the drum beat. You can learn the simplified versions first before moving onto what Dom actually plays if you’re finding it too difficult initially.

As always, please email me if you have any questions or you can contact me on the Drums The Word Facebook Page.

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Stockholm Syndrome” – Free Video Drum Lesson

View the video on YouTube HERE – Learn How To Play Drums Stockholm Syndrome Video Drum Lesson (Muse & Dominic Howard)


Stockholm Syndrome” – Tom Tom Drum Beat

Stockholm Syndrome Tom Drum Beat

The actual Tom drum beat that Dom plays above involves flams played on beats 2 and 4 of the bar with the right hand playing on the floor tom the majority of the time.

The bass drum plays just before the flam snare drum notes on the ‘a’ of beat 1 and 3. The left hand moves between the snare, high tom and floor tom.

If this is too difficult for you then try taking a look at a simplified version first…


Stockholm Syndrome” – Simplified Version Level 1

Stockholm Syndrome Simplified Version 1

In this simplified version we’re just playing single snare drum notes on beats 2 and 4 with the left hand and an extra snare drum note on the ‘a’ of beat 2. All the other notes are played on the floor tom.

Once you have this down then you can work on orchestrating the pattern round the drum like this…


Stockholm Syndrome” – Simplified Version Level 2

Stockholm Syndrome Simplified Version 1

In this simplified version, I’ve taken Level 1 and simply moved the left hand around the tom toms. So on the ‘e’ of beat 3 and the ‘a’ of beat 4, the left hand plays the high tom.

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