Difficulty LevelIn this free drum lesson, I have the drum notation and drum chart for my favourite drum beats and fills from “Lateralus” by Tool, featuring the drumming of Danny Carey.

The first pattern I have for you is the tom based drum groove that Danny moves into at 1:38. As always, it’s really hard to hear which toms Danny is playing and so I have done my best to notate the various toms the best I could…specifically for a drum kit with a maximum of four toms. This is certainly how I would play the rhythm…Danny certainly has access to more toms though.

The right hand is basically playing eighth notes on one of the floor toms, whilst the left hand moves down the toms to play various rhythms over the top. The little double bass drum flick at the end adds a little class and spice to this cool tom groove.

The second part occurs 7:07 and is my favourite drum fill from the song. It was not as easy to transcribe as I first thought. It didn’t translate into triplets and is instead this quasi rhythm based in groups of twos and fours that move across the bar in the poly-rhythmic way notated. The notes would not have fit otherwise. I have a feeling that Danny most likely improvised the rate of these notes, and used his ears and guts, rather than actually try to count this out. But then again, he is known for studying this ultra hard stuff!

Either way with the drum fill, I suggest you try and use your guts whilst playing this and not worry too much about trying to count it. You have the number of notes shown…you just have to fit them in time with the music…good luck!


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