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Thousands of Drum Charts Are Online; Are They All Correct?

Isn’t it annoying when someone significantly older than you starts lecturing you about how much better you have it than they did when they were a teen or a kid?

I’d even wager that you’ve been given a sermon like that at some point.

These speeches have similar themes and might sound like this: “When I was your age, I had to work after school to earn my money! I didn’t have an allowance. Nobody gave me anything. I had to work and save and that gives me……”

Yeah. Sure. Blah blah blah blah blah. Well, I promise not to do that.

But what I will say is that when I was a kid, since there was no internet, there was no access to hundreds of free drum charts like there is today.

Man, if I had access to this kind of information, I bet I would have learned a lot faster.

You can find drum charts for so many songs online.

If you search for “drum charts” you’ll get thousands and thousands of results immediately.

The problem is whether you can trust them or not.

Who are these people transcribing these charts for you, anyway?

Do they even know what they’re doing?

Are the charts accurate?

I don’t know. Sometimes they are not accurate. Sometimes they are.

So when I decided to come up with some charts to release into the world, I wanted to make sure that the transcriptions were really solid.

That’s why I hired Willie Rose to transcribe everything. He had some help—Zach Martin did half of these—but Willie is a trusted drummer, educator and writer, and I know that he’s going to deliver the goods.

And he and Zach have.

So, bottom line: you can trust these charts. If you have a gig, you can walk into the first rehearsal with these charts and nail these songs right out of the gate.

But Why Do We Even Want Drum Charts Anyway?

And what is the point of having drum charts anyway? Well, that question is easy to answer.

Drum charts are great because they allow you to very quickly learn a song and play it. And when you get good at reading them, you can sit down at a drum set and get together with a group of musicians who you might never have played with before and play a song perfectly the first time.

That’s kind of amazing if you think about it.
This is one of the reasons that I always tell my students they must learn to read.

That’s right. You can take a drum chart, and if you are a good player and a good reader, you can sound like you’ve been playing with a band for years on your very first attempt at playing a song.

So, there is your answer to “why do we even want drum charts anyway?”
The answer is that they make life easier and they allow you to perform songs you actually don’t really know.

Drum Charts/Transcriptions of 10 Killer Rock Songs from the 1970s

When I was deciding what songs to offer up to all of you in internet-land, it occurred to me that they had to have meaning to me. Like real, deep meaning to me.

And that’s where this list comes from.

These are songs that my friends would hear blaring out my speakers when they came over to my place after school. There are others obviously, but these are a very good representation of what I was listening to in my teenage years.

So here they are, in no particular order.

  1. “Can’t Stand Losing You” –The Police (1978 from Outlandos d’Amour)

  2. “Rock and Roll Never Forgets” – Bob Seger (1976 from Night Moves)

  3. “Miss You” – The Rolling Stones (1978 from Some Girls)

  4. “One Way or Another” – Blondie (1978 from Parallel Lines)

  5. “Magic Man – Heart (1975 from Dreamboat Annie)

  6. “I Want To Be Sedated” – The Ramones (1978 from Road to Ruin)

  7. “Adam’s Apple” – Aerosmith (1975 from Toys in the Attic)

  8. “The Stake” – Steve Miller Band (1977 from Book of Dreams)

  9. “Grey Seal” -Elton John (1973 from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road)

  10. “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen (1975 from A Night At The Opera)

So, please download these and use them. Make videos, post them. Tag #bangthedrumschool so we can check them out.

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