A lot has happened this year.
But it’s more important than ever to remember our heroes. And Rush drummer Neil Peart’s brilliant contributions to the drumming world (and music) inspired generations of drummers to pick up sticks for the first time.
So join us today – on the 1 year anniversary of Neil’s passing – and revisit five of his most iconic drum licks.
Even if you don’t have a massive kit like Neil Peart, you can still learn his parts – you just might need to get creative with where you place the hits.
Ash Pearson takes you through some of his favorite Neil Peart licks and shows you how to play each of them (notation included).
This is the break in the middle of the song, and it’s one of the most epic drum fills of all time. It’s fun to air drum, and it’s even more fun to play on an actual drum set!
Be prepared for lots of syncopation in this one.
You can find this beat throughout Rush’s catalog, from “The Spirit Of Radio” to “La Villa Strangiato”. This fun, Afro-Cuban-inspired lick has become synonymous with Peart and has found its way into many other drummers’ repertoire.
There’s so much epic tom stuff in this track (from Neil’s first record with the band). It mostly consists of single strokes and moving to the toms with the right hand.
Peart does a lot of variations on this groove section in 7/8.
What are your favorite Rush licks?
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