A tom based pattern with some interesting tom and cymbal decoration.
In this lesson you will be learning a tom based groove where all toms are followed by a kick. On tom of this flammed snares and cymbals are added to create a really interesting sounding part. You can hear this in the song 'Freak On A Leash' by Korn and it starts at around 1:18 in the video linked, which is the start of the chorus.
Through this page a one bar groove will be built up step by step. This will allow you to see clearly what is going on in each part and to get your head around a small part of the groove at a time. This should hopefully make the learning process significantly easier. I have included some links to some helpful lessons at the bottom of the page. If at any point you find yourself struggling, have a look through some of these.
Through the full part, the left foot maintains eighth notes on the hi hat pedal. To start with, add a floor tom, mid tom and kick on the '1 +'. Ensure all four limbs play at exactly the same time.
Open the hi hat on the very last '+' count of the bar.
Add a third floor, mid and kick drum on the '+' after count 3.
On the 'e' and '+' after count 3, add a high tom on the left hand and floor tom on the right. Under both of these strokes you will play a kick.
Finally, on the '+ a' after count 4 play two stack/china splash cymbals. The sound create by these us a really short aggressive snap that really stands out against the toms. If you don't have either of the cymbals mentioned a splash will do.
- Learn the full groove up to a tempo of at least 101bpm, which is the speed of the song.
- Listen through the rest of the song and try to work out some of the variations.
- Apply the groove to a four or eighth bar phrase.
- Try playing a long to the full song.