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How To Play 14 Legendary Drum Beats

Samantha Landa  /  UPDATED Mar 29, 2023

Whether they’re funky, groovy, innovative, or just mysteriously memorable, there’s a reason many drummers and their licks become immortalized in music history.

Can’t get a catchy fill out of your head? Wondering how to place those ghost notes? Check out these videos and learn how to play some iconic drum beats written by your favorite drummers.

1. “Come Together” by The Beatles

Learn Ringo Starr’s iconic groove from “Come Together” by The Beatles! Click here to follow along with the sheet music.

2. “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder’s drummer, Stanley Randolph, teaches you how to play the drum groove from “Superstition”. Get the sheet music here.

3. “Tom Sawyer” by Rush

Neil Peart’s drum part in “Tom Sawyer” is immediately recognizable for many drummers. Here’s the sheet music!

4. “Africa” by Toto

Mike Michalkow goes over the famous fill that comes in right before the chorus. Get the sheet music here.

5. David Garibaldi’s Oakland Stroke

The Oakland Stroke is one of David Garibaldi’s signature grooves in Tower of Power. Click here to follow along with the sheet music.

6-10. 5 John Bonham Classics

Do you love triplets and laid back grooves? Brian Tichy shows you how to play five of Bonzo’s most famous licks. Click here to follow along with the sheet music.

11. “When The Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin

Learn how to play “When The Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin and follow along with the sheet music here.

12. “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin

Learn how to play “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin. Get the sheet music for the main groove here.

13. “Hot For Teacher” by Van Halen

Have you been pulling out your hair trying to figure out the tricky intro? Aaron Edgar maps it out in this lesson. Click here for the sheet music.

14. “Walk” by Pantera

The heavy triplet fill from “Walk” is fun to play and not too difficult to execute. Here’s the notation for that fill.

Bonus: The most famous drum beat in the world

Did you know that the beat from James Brown’s “Funky Drummer” is the most sampled drum groove in the world? Jared goes over Clyde Stubblefield’s famous rhythm. Click here to follow along with the sheet music.

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Samantha Landa is the editor of The Drumeo Beat. She currently drums with Conquer Divide and has been featured by outlets such as Sick Drummer Magazine and DRUM! Magazine. Sam proudly endorses Mapex Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads and Los Cabos Drumsticks.

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