In this free drum lesson, I have the drum notation for the drum intro from the song “Take The Money And Run” by the Steve Miller Band, featuring the drumming of Gary Mallaber
This intro, and the whole song for that matter, is a real display of ghost notes in all of their power. After the neat double stroke into single stroke roll around the drums Gary moves into the groove. The second, third and fourth bars are all identical except for the second bar which leaves out some ghost notes near the beginning. Bars three and four is where Gary finally settles into a pattern.
The three bars of groove feature ghost notes being played in every crack left by the Snare and Hi-Hat, a three note Hi-Hat group from the “+” of beat 2 to beat 3, and those funky open Hi-Hat stabs falling on the “a” of beat 3 and the “e” of beat 4. The sticking is only a suggestion but is certainly the way I would play it. Each bar also ends with a stepped Hi-Hat foot closing the previous “bark” on the “+” of beat 4 and a ghost note drag on the “a” of beat 4. The into then ends with a simple single stroke drum fill around the Snare and Toms.
Technique wise, the hardest part is probably playing the ghost notes either side of beat 2 with the left hand smoothly, and playing the ghost note underneath the extra Hi-Hat note on the “a” of beat 2…so don’t get disheartened if you are finding that hard to play!
“Take The Money And Run” (Steve Miller Band) – FREE PDF NOTATION
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