Max Roach – Take The ‘A’ Train (Trading Fours/ Drum Break)

Hi folks, here’s the drum transcription for the drum break/trading fours played by Max Roach on the tune Take the ‘A’ Train from the album Study in Brown (1955) by Clifford Brown & Max Roach.

On the A section of the tune Max Roach plays the fours trading with the band, while on the bridge he plays an entire drum break, the tempo of tune is approximately 290 beats per minute!

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Here’s the download link, all feedback and comments are greatly appreciated, for any request you can contact me at:



Sting – Love Is Stronger Than Justice (Drum Sheet Music)

Love Is Stronger Than Justice (The Munificent Seven) is the second track of the album Ten Summoner’s Tales (1993) by Sting, with the great Vinnie Colaiuta on drums. The interesting stuff of the song are the two different time signatures during the verse/intro and the chorus section.

The Verse/Intro groove is in 7/8, the snare is played on the third and the seventh eight note, the bass drum part changes during the intro and the verse; on the verse is played on the one, the and of four and six. “Saint Augustine in Hell” from the same album have a similar groove (but with a difference regarding the cymbal pattern).

During the Chorus Vinnie Colaiuta plays a very light shuffle in 4/4, that gives at the song a country vibe.

Here’s the download link for the full drum sheet music:


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Boz Scaggs – Lido Shuffle (Drum Sheet Music)

Hi folks here’s the full drum sheet music for Lido Shuffle by Boz Scaggs from the album Silk Degrees released in 1977, with Jeff Porcaro on drums.

For purchasing the drum sheet music of the song go here:

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Here you can find other transcriptions of Jeff Porcaro:

Toto – Rosanna:

Steely Dan – Gaucho:

Michael McDonald – I Keep Forgettin’:


Latin, Brazilian Full Drum Sheet Music

Hello friends and visitors, here i am with a new stuff. I  transcribed and put together in a folder three latin brazilian songs. If you don’t know how to approach and play this style of music listen and understand what they play is very important and can help you to learn the language of brazilian music. The folder includes the full drum sheet music for: Lei  by Djavan, Chora tua Tristeza by Leny Andrade and Ladeira da Preguiça by Rosa Passos ( including the drum notation key). Here’s the download link:


All feedback and comments are greatly appreciated, cheers!

Here you can listen the songs:

Rosa Passos – Ladeira da Preguiça:

Art Blakey – Are You Real Trading 4’s

Here’s the last free drum transcription of the year…the famous trading fours played by Art Blakey with the Jazz Messengers on the tune Are You Real  from the album Moanin; you can download the pdf here below.

For any request you can contact me at:

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Thanks for visiting my blog and for your support, much appreciated. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a successful New Year.


Reed Interpretation: Afro-Cuban 6/8 Counter Rhythms

Ted Reed’s “Progressive Steps to Syncopation” (in particular the exercises in the middle of the book) is a great resource to study different things on drums: stickings, linear phrasing, coordination and music styles (jazz, latin, rock, shuffle, funk).

There are many interpretations and the possibilities are endless…playing Afro-Cuban 6/8        moving the left hand around the drums to create syncopated rhythms and melodies is very interesting to develop your coordination.

Before you begin working on this new interpretation, it is assumed that you have had at least some basic exposure to Afro-Cuban 6/8 ( i recommend Afro-Cuban Rhythms for Drum Set by Frank Malabe & Bob Weiner and Afro-Caribbean & Brazilian Rhythms for the Drums).

So let’s start with a preliminary exercise, here’s the basic pattern:Basic1.jpg

The right hand plays the clave on ride bell/cowbell, the bass drum plays the dotted 8th-note along with the left  foot hi-hat on all the 8th-notes, counter rhythm is played by the left hand on cross stick or on the snare. Don’t forget to use the metronome setting the click on the dotted 8th-note (80 to 126 bpm).

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Joey Baron – Doxy

Hi folks, here’s another drum transcription of Joey Baron playing on Doxy by Mark Murphy from the album Beauty And The Beast (from the same you can get the transcription of Along Came Betty  here).

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The tune is a famous standard composed by Sonny Rollins. It’s not indicated in the transcription but  i think Joey Baron plays the bass drum on the quarter notes very lighly – it’s not audible but i think he feathers the bass drum.


Here you can hear the tune, enjoy.