How to play Blank Space by Taylor Swift


This song begins with the snare drum playing 2 and 4 and as it continues, the kick drum enters and begins a two bar phrase. Because of it’s repetitive nature, you can quickly learn this beat and play along with the song, developing your ability to keep a constant groove for several minutes at a time.  You can also add your hi-hat on 8th notes (or quarters) if you want to turn this groove into a more “traditional” drum set beat. Have fun with this and use this beat to help develop your confidence, concentration and consistency!

Below is the transcription of the beat, and if you would like a PDF of this, get in touch and I'll send one your way!

How to play drums to Blank Space by Taylor Swift

How to play Lips are Movin by Meghan Trainor


The beat for Lips are Movin is a fun beat to play and the groove is a simple 50’s era inspired two bar pattern. I’ve taken a photo of my transcription (below) so that you can see how the beat is notated.  (If you would like a PDF of the transcription, let me know and I'll send it to you.)  You can see that the snare drum pattern is the same in both measures but the bass drum pattern changes slightly from bar 1 to bar 2.  The tempo for the song is roughly around 139 bpm.

This simple two bar drum pattern repeats throughout the entire song, giving you plenty of opportunity to lock in with the song and groove it on out!  Have fun!

Lips Are Movin Megan Trainor Drum Transcription

Down to the Night Club - Full Transcription

It's taken me longer than I'd originally hoped, but I finally finished the transcription to Down to the Night Club.  I had the song transcribed for a while, but inputting the data into Finale (to make it look nice) took a bit more time.  

Below is an excerpt of the final page of the transcription, but if you are interested in checking out the full transcript - drop me a line and I'll send you the full PDF.  

I hope you had a Merry Christmas and here's wishing you a Happy New Year!

Down to the Nightclub Excerpt

Drum Transcription: Yellow by Coldplay

Earlier this week I had to chart out this song for a few gigs I'm playing with Chris Hendricks.

Because this song is fairly repetitive and has no drum fills, it makes a perfect song for beginning drumset players.  For more advanced players, there are some subtle accents that occur on the hi-hat part during the early parts of the song and later on in the refrain towards the end of the song.  

And plus, it's just a fun song to play!  Let me know how it goes for you and happy drumming!

Yellow by Coldplay

Down to the Night Club

I've been working on transcribing "Down to the Night Club" by Tower of Power.  I'm almost there, but before I post the entire transcription, I thought I'd show you my notes from earlier in the process, when I was transcribing the drum part by hand.  

After transcribing the song by hand, I'll then enter my transcription into Finale, so that it has a more professional (and readable) style.

On this page, you can see that I was working on the intro part  and the second section of the song:


Back of a Car by Big Star

Here is a transcription I made for a recent gig I did in NYC at the old CBGB's location for an event celebrating the music of Big Star.  This is the drum part for the song Back of a Car by Big Star.  Jody Stephens has a unique and powerful style of playing and it was fun to try and emulate it for this gig!  For the PDF click on this link: Back of a Car PDF  And as always if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Back of a Car

How Great You Are - Sovereign Grace

Here is a quick transcription I made for a church service I played last Sunday.  We were doing the song How Great You Are by Sovereign Grace Music, and I felt that the drum beat on the recording was so integral to the song, it would be a shame to perform this song without some acknowledgment of the really cool beat that helps move that song along.  I didn't need to transcribe out the entire arrangement (as the version we were performing wasn't exactly the same), so having a general idea of what beats to play on the various sections was all I needed.  

This is a much less (shall we say) refined version of the charts I typically make, but I thought I'd post it here, to show you that I don't always neatly transcribe out every song note for note.  As always, if you'd like a PDF of what I wrote or have any questions,  drop me a line and I'll gladly send one your way.

How Great You Are