If you want to be a great combo player, why not play with the best?  

My favorite jazz trio to play-along with is the legendary King Cole Trio, because they did NOT have a drummer*!  Their time and feel is unparalleled.  

I recently picked up the CD box set called Cool Cole: The King Cole Trio Story (pictured on right)  If you want to be a serious jazz combo player,  please do yourself a favor and pick-up a copy for yourself!  Incredible playing on every track.  There are very few tracks that include a drummer, so it puts you in the hot seat.

I hope to have many transcribed charts available here soon. I am charting them out for a few reasons: 

  1. For myself: I'm still a student of music.  Transcribing recorded music is one of the best ways to really learn it, you can get much more information from these great artists if you use more than just one your senses.  Listening is great, but why not use your visual memory too?  All while improving your reading and writing chops.
  2. For teachers: Please feel free use these with your students, especially if you're looking for some meaningful play-along repertoire.
  3. For students.  In order to go forward, you must go back and study the masters.  We are all standing on their shoulders.  The further back you go, the more you'll advance.  These guys are giants.

Please print a copy of my transcription and use that to aid in your creative percussion additions while playing along to these classic tunes.  Enjoy!

 

* One night in LA, 1937, as the story goes, Cole's drummer missed a gig! Since they all split the drummer's

pay for the night they told the drummer to never come back.  ProTIp: Don't miss a gig!

Rock Drumset Transcriptions

I WANNA BE SEDATED

The Ramones

Road to Ruin 1978

I WANNA BE SEDATED

Beats from Bleeker

Sometime early in 2009 at an afternoon lunch meeting in NYC Liberty Devitto and I sketched out some of our favorite drumset patterns that use Hi-Hat, Snare and Bass Drum only. Quick video tutorial here.

Beats from Bleeker

 

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DRUM CHARTS

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(I CALL MY PAPA) FLA-GA-LA-PA  

Recorded by King Cole Trio, 10/11/45

FLA-GA-LA-PA drumset chart

I'M AN ERRAND BOY FOR RHYTHM

Recorded by King Cole Trio, 5/23/45

I'M AN ERRAND BOY FOR RHYTHM drumset chart

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