In this free drum lesson, I have the drum beats from “Moving To New York” by The Wombats, featuring the drumming of Dan Haggis
The first section transcribed below involves a four bar phrase with open hi-hat notes being played on the “+” of both beats 3 and 4. The bass drum pattern resolves at the end of bar 4 with an extra bass drum on the “+” of beat 4. Notice how Dan changes up where he plays the ghost note…sometimes on the “a” of beat 2 and sometimes on the “e” of beat 3.
The second section features all offbeat open hi-hats falling on the “+” of each beat. Dan adds a bit of spice to this by throwing in a ghost note on the “a” of beat 2 before each double bass drum strike on beat 3 and the “+”. Again, the bass drum pattern resolves the four bar phrase at the end of beat 4 in bar 4.
The final section is played on the floor tom and bass drum really with the snare drum being played on its own on beats 2 and 4. An open hi-hat note is struck on the “+” of beat 4 in bar 4 before moving into the next section, where the same idea is played, but for the next two bars Dan plays a flam on the snare on beat 2 and moves his left hand to play extra tom notes on either the high or medium tom. It might even be played on the same floor tom…it really doesn’t matter which you choose. The second to last bar is just straight snare on the downbeats with the last bar involving sixteenth notes on the snare drum and the bass drum played on all four downbeats.
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