Difficulty LevelIn this free drum lesson, I have drum fills stabs from “Tie Your Mother Down” by Queen, featuring the drumming of Roger Taylor.

The song features three sets of these band stabs with some cool drum fill work from Roger Taylor. You can see in the first transcription the stabs occur on beats 1 and 3, and in the second bar Roger anticipates the fourth stab by playing triplets into and after on the bass drum. The triplets leading into the flammed snare on beat 4 are the second and third partial of beat 2, so you have to be ready to feel the downbeat of beat 2. The quarter notes triplets leading out of the flam naturally end on beat 1 of the third bar. Smooth!

The second fill is the same as above except Roger plays the triplet right after the flammed snare instead of waiting an eighth note as he did above. This means that the quarter note triplet ends on beat 4 and the final stab (a choked crash cymbal) falls on beat 1.

The third drum fill is a very cool idea where Roger plays triplets alternating between the hands and the bass drum. It starts with a flam on the snare and then the hands just move down the toms every grouping of three hands and feet. It’s hard to hear exactly how Roger moves down the toms on the recording but this is certainly how I would play it…if I had as many toms as him of course!


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