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Red Hot Chili Peppers Drum Beats & Fills (Chad Smith Lesson)

Chad Smith  /  Apr 18, 2023

We can confirm Chad Smith is not Will Ferrell, but he’s just as hilarious.

In this full lesson, the 2022 Drumeo Awards Drummer Of The Year goes through over a dozen Red Hot Chili Peppers songs as well as talks about:

  • Recording Blood Sugar Sex Magik in 1991
  • Growing up outside Detroit, hearing Motown on the radio, and being influenced by his older brother’s funky record collection
  • How his drum parts keep evolving over the years
  • How RHCP typically writes/records together (even after 40 years!)
  • His love of cross-sticking
  • The beat you should learn if you want a career as a drummer
  • Why you should “play it like you mean it”, with intent

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Lesson Outline:
00:34 – SONG: “Suck My Kiss” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
02:00 – Intro
06:02 – SONG: “Give It Away” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
14:18 – The key to playing “Blood Sugar Sex Magik”
17:21 – The groove behind “The Power Of Equality”
22:37 – Breaking down “Mellowship Slinky In B Major”
27:34 – On writing the drum part in “Breaking The Girl”
30:55 – Staying out of the way in “Scar Tissue”
38:16 – SONG: “Around The World” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
45:31 – SONG: “Otherside” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
51:42 – SONG: “By The Way” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
01:01:55 – SONG: “The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie”
01:06:19 – “Charlie” (Groove)
01:09:20 – Talking About Taylor Hawkins
01:15:38 – SONG: “Under The Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
01:20:03 – SONG: “Can’t Stop” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Chad Plays:
DW Drums
Paiste Cymbals
Remo Drumheads
Vater Drumsticks

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Chad Smith is the drummer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Smith is also the drummer of the hard rock supergroup Chickenfoot and currently the all-instrumental outfit Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats. As one of the most highly sought-after drummers, Smith has recorded with Deep Purple vocalist Glenn Hughes, Kid Rock, Jake Bugg, The Dixie Chicks, Jennifer Nettles, Johnny Cash, John Fogerty and The Avett Brothers.

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