It’s hard enough being “the new guy” (or gal) coming in partway through a group’s career.
But joining a legendary band like Megadeth and filling the shoes of iconic drummers like Nick Menza? You know you’re in for a whirlwind experience.
Luckily, Dirk Verbeuren – formerly of Soilwork – was perfect for the job. The Belgian drummer was already an accomplished road warrior and studio musician, having worked as a session drummer with artists like Devin Townsend, Jeff Loomis, Warrel Dane and more.
Verbeuren joined Megadeth in 2016 and appears on their latest album, The Sick, The Dying…And The Dead!
Drumeo brought him (and his entire touring rig) out to the studio during Megadeth’s latest tour to provide you with a symphony of sonic destruction…and some practical insights into how he does what he does.
In this free drum lesson complete with performances, Verbeuren talks about:
0:32 – SONG: “Hangar 18” by Megadeth
5:16 – Introduction
7:49 – SONG: “Symphony Of Destruction” by Megadeth
12:17 – The type of drumming needed for Megadeth
20:12 – Showmanship
21:37 – His approach to double kick
28:51 – The Dirk Blast
32:54 – SONG: “Soldier On!” by Megadeth
37:47 – Growing up listening to hip-hop
40:18 – Getting over the stress of playing live
49:46 – “We’ll Be Back” by Megadeth
54:30 – Outro
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