In this edition of Classic Beats & Fills, we’re going to take a look at an absolute classic rock drum introduction! This is the 4 bar solo drum introduction to Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re an American Band”! This is one of those drum riffs that is so completely recognizable, that it is virtually impossible to imagine any other drum riff being played!
We’ll walk through it, playing it at tempo, and also playing it very slowly breaking it down note by note, all while looking at the notational transcription I have provided. This lesson will help your reading, coordination, bass drum technique, and understanding of the notational elements of the riff. This is a really fun 4 bar drum into. There is a little bit of technique involved, but once you get it, you’re going to have a blast playing it! This lesson includes the pdf lesson file download for practice and study.
LEVEL: intermediate to advanced