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“Highway to Hell” – AC/DC

“Highway to Hell” – AC/DC

Let's learn the song "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC. It is from their album Highway to Hell which was released in 1979. This is a staple song for every rock drummer to know.

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“Sweet Emotion” – Aerosmith

“Sweet Emotion” – Aerosmith

"Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith is a super fun rock song to play on the drums. It was released in 1975 on the album "Toys In The Attic" and is one of Aerosmith's biggest hits.

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“Born Under A Bad Sign” – Albert King

“Born Under A Bad Sign” – Albert King

In this lesson, you will learn how to play "Born Under A Bad Sign" by Albert King. This is a classic example of a cross-over blues song. The parts are fairly simple to play, but there are a few tasty nuggets to catch on the drums. In this lesson I'll break down the groove as well as a few simple fills that he plays throughout the song.

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“Rock Me Baby” – B.B. King

“Rock Me Baby” – B.B. King

Blues music is usually based on a triplet rhythm. When we don't play the middle note of each triplet, we get the shuffle rhythm. "Rock Me Baby" by B.B. King is a great song for a beginner to explore a shuffle beat.

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“Ticket To Ride” – The Beatles

“Ticket To Ride” – The Beatles

Let's learn to play "Ticket To Ride" by The Beatles. It was originally released on their 1965 album Help! The main groove that Ringo Starr plays in this song is very unique, especially for rock n' roll music of that time. It's a great example of a groove that uses flams.

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“Song 2” – Blur

“Song 2” – Blur

Learn to play "Song 2" by Blur, from their self-titled album Blur released in 1997. This hugely popular song was one of the biggest hits to come out of the UK in the 1990's.

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“Hungry Heart” – Bruce Springsteen

“Hungry Heart” – Bruce Springsteen

Let's learn how to play one of Bruce Springsteen's most well-known songs "Hungry Heart" on the drums. It is from his fifth studio album The River, which was released in 1980.

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“Treasure” – Bruno Mars

“Treasure” – Bruno Mars

Let's play one of Bruno Mars' most upbeat and fun songs, "Treasure". This song has a retro disco sound and feel and was originally released as a single from his 2012 album Unorthodox Jukebox.

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“Yellow” by Coldplay

“Yellow” by Coldplay

Learning a simple song is a great way to musically apply the things you learn. One of my favourite beginner drum songs to teach is "Yellow" by Coldplay. This is a very well known song that is a popular choice among guitarists and pianists. It was the first multi-national hit that launched Coldplay into the main stream. In this lesson, I'll show you all of the parts and we'll practice them together.

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“Clocks” – Coldplay

“Clocks” – Coldplay

"Clocks" which is one of Coldplay's most well known songs and a fun one to learn on the drums. It was released in 2002 from their second album "A Rush of blood To The Head".

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“Fortunate Son” – Creedence Clearwater Revival

“Fortunate Son” – Creedence Clearwater Revival

Learn to play "Fortunate Son" by Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) on the drums. This is a song from their 1969 album Willie and the Poor Boys. This iconic rock n roll song is high energy and incredibly fun to play.

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“Knock On Wood” – Eddie Floyd

“Knock On Wood” – Eddie Floyd

Let's learn a hit song by Eddie Floyd called "Knock On Wood". This song was released on Stax records in 1966 which was at the height of the Soul era. The "four-on-the-floor" groove pattern makes it an early inspiration for funk music.

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“I Got You (I Feel Good)” – James Brown

“I Got You (I Feel Good)” – James Brown

Let's play a song by James Brown, the godfather of soul. His music shaped what later became known as funk music. This is an incredibly fun style of music for a drummer to study and play because it has everything to do with the groove. Today we'll play James Brown's biggest hit, "I Got You (I Feel Good)".

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“Empire State Of Mind” – Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys

“Empire State Of Mind” – Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys

Today we will be learning one of his biggest hits to date, "Empire State Of Mind". This song was released on his 2009 album The Blueprint 3 and features Alicia Keys on piano and vocals. It's got such a killer groove that you won't be able to stop jamming.

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“Purple Haze” – Jimi Hendrix

“Purple Haze” – Jimi Hendrix

Today W=we're going to learn the song "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix. It is from his first album Are You Experienced? which was released in 1967.

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“The Middle” – Jimmy Eat World

“The Middle” – Jimmy Eat World

Let's play an incredibly high-energy song by American rock band Jimmy Eat World. "The Middle" is their most well known song and the perfect hit to play on the drums. The trick with this song is to memorize the parts before you speed them up.

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“Communication Breakdown” – Led Zeppelin

“Communication Breakdown” – Led Zeppelin

Let's learn the song "Communication Breakdown" by Led Zeppelin. It was released in 1969 on their first album; Led Zeppelin I. This is great song to learn that is fun, challenging and will test your endurance, groove and accuracy at a fast tempo.

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“Sugar” – Maroon 5

“Sugar” – Maroon 5

Learn to play "Sugar" by Maroon 5 on the drums. This song is from their fifth album V (Five) which was released in 2014. It has a steady groove pattern with changing rhythms on the Hi-Hats. There are also two simple drum fills that I will break down for you. This is a super fun song to play and a relatively easy one for anyone past the basics.

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“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

The Motown record label released countless hit songs in the 60s and 70s that became the backbone of American soul and R&B music. Many of these songs inspired future generations of musicians and songwriters. In this lesson we will learn how to play the original recording of the song "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell from 1967.

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“Lithium” – Nirvana

“Lithium” – Nirvana

Let's learn the song "Lithium" by Nirvana. It is a single from their biggest album Nevermind, which was released in 1992. Lithium is an incredibly fun song to play. The parts in each section of the song are very consistent, meaning that you'll be playing the same thing repeatedly.

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“Big Poppa” – Notorious BIG

“Big Poppa” – Notorious BIG

"Big Poppa" is a single from his first studio album called Ready To Die, which was released in 1994. It is widely considered to be among the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. The groove pattern for this song follows a very specific pattern.

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“Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2” – Pink Floyd

“Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2” – Pink Floyd

The Wall is one of the best known records in Pink Floyd's career. Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2 is one of Pink Floyd's most well known songs and a single from The Wall. This song is a perfect song to learn if you're a beginner.

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