“Don’t Stop Believin'” isn’t just that song you hear everyone belting at the local pub on Karaoke Tuesdays – it has a legendary drum part that helped propel the song to stardom upon its release in 1981.
Steve Smith was the drummer for Journey for a total of 15 years (1978-1985, 1995-1998, and 2015-2020), and he’s responsible for the rhythms behind the massive hit.
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“I conceived the idea of the drum parts as a melodic accompaniment,” he says, noting that he’d record the rehearsals and take the ideas home to develop them further. He even started playing open-handed so he could execute the parts he was hearing in his head.
In this video, you’re not only going to learn how Steve wrote the drum part, but you’ll see him play through the whole song – and use the actual 24″ Zildjian Ping Ride he played on the original track!
Here are some tips for any drummer covering “Don’t Stop Believin'”:
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