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How Gil Sharone Learns A Drumless Song By Ear

Gil Sharone  /  UPDATED Nov 21, 2023

If you had to listen to a song once while coming up with the drum parts in your head, would you be able to play it with no hiccups from start to finish?

We gave Gil Sharone a drumless track he’d never heard before (“Funky Rastafari”, available in Drumeo) so he could listen to it, write drums for it, and play through it – within minutes.

As you watch him go through the process of learning music, you’ll see how Gil gets ready for a studio session or when he’s asked to fill in for a band. You’ll also realize how quickly he’s able to do it – like learning an entire album on a plane).

During his listen-through, watch how Gil adds his notes and rough form for each section on a piece of paper in realtime. He also doesn’t write down any beats or ideas, and this seems to work for him!

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Chart the form, check. Understand the feel, check. No click? No problem. During his first pass, he tested some different approaches while figuring out where he wanted to go with it. By the time he started his second pass, he had made decisions on exactly what vibe he thought would be the best fit for each section.

Well? How’d he do?

Gil Sharone is an industry award winner and educator/clinician who has played with Marilyn Manson, Stolen Babies, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Team Sleep and more. His work further extends into film and television scores including Deadpool 2, Guardians of The Galaxy 2, John Wick 1, 2 & 3, The Punisher and Kingdom. He co-wrote & performed on songs for DC Comics’ Dark Nights: Metal soundtrack with Tyler Bates and Mike Elizondo. He is also the author of the award-winning DVD and book called “Wicked Beats” based on Jamaican drumming styles.

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