Adrian Bent – “Too Good” Transcription

Transcribed this one because it grooves so hard and the fills are short, fairly simple but JUST what the music needs. [ti_icon icon=”ti-file” size=”large” style=”icon-left” corners=”default” text=”Too Good –...

Anika Nilles – “Wild Boy” Fill

Here is another transcription of Anika Nilles. This one comes from her tune “WIld Boy”. Killer fill by a killer player. [ti_icon icon=”ti-file” size=”large” style=”icon-left” corners=”default”...

Luke Holland – “Where are Ü Now”

Here are some slick fills by Luke Holland from his drum cover of “Where are Ü Now”. [ti_icon icon=”ti-file” size=”large” style=”icon-left” corners=”default” text=”Luke Holland – PDF”...

Khirye Tyler – “The Next Day” Rhythm Chart

Hey drummers! Something different this week. Khirye Tyler (@khirye90 on Instagram) made an awesome drumless play-along track. I decided to chart out the form/rhythms so people could play along to it easier.  Here is the chart: [ti_icon icon=”ti-file”...

Ash Soan – Reggae Groove

Hey all! I’ve been working with Ash Soan to provide content for his drum app, pick it up if you can. It is in the app store and has a TON of great content (play alongs, transcriptions, videos, etc). Here is one of the transcriptions that is up in his app. This is a...

Brody Simpson – “Instagram Quintuplets”

Here is an awesome groove/fill by Brody Simpson. If you don’t already follow him, watch the original video here and follow him!  [ti_icon icon=”ti-icon” size=”large” style=”icon-left” corners=”default”...

Vinnie Colaiuta – “Neon Moonlight”

Hey all! It has been a while since I’ve posted a transcription. Here is a short fill that I was shown by Mark Arnold (drum tech for Chris Marquart).  You can check out Vinnie playing the fill here.   [ti_icon icon=”ti-icon”...

Dre Energy – “Cordes” Lick

Here is a cool lick that Jacob Simmons asked me to transcribe. I had never heard of Dre but his playing is pretty awesome. You should check him out. The video below is just the lick, but the full video is on YouTube here....

Jost Nickel – Instagram Madness

This fill is insane. I have no idea how Jost plays it as fast as he does. Found this video on Instagram and had to transcribe it.  http://www.timbuell.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/JostInsta-final-video.mp4 [ti_icon icon=”ti-file” size=”large”...

Calvin Rodgers – “Teach My Hands to War” Lick

THIS is a crazy fill. When I first heard it I just about lost my mind. Calvin is amazing and this fill is no exception.  So. The video shows me playing the fill, and then it shows you what the accents of the sticking are. Once you get a feel for those accents (and...

Tim Buell – 5 + 1 fill

Here is a cool fill I find myself playing on tunes like Superstition where switching between straight and swung notes is really fun.  It is called the “5+1″ fill because it is a group of five in the hands, and you throw in a bass drum on the last note of...

Tony Royster – V-Drum Instagram

Here is a killer groove Tony Royster Jr. posted on Instagram. Enjoy! http://www.timbuell.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/TonyInstaFinal.m4v [ti_icon icon=”ti-file” size=”large” style=”icon-left” corners=”default”...

Felipe Continentino – Instagram Groove

Here’s an awesome groove my buddy Mason Self showed me by Felipe Continentino. Have Fun! http://www.timbuell.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/FelipeFinal.m4v [ti_icon icon=”ti-file” size=”large” style=”icon-left”...

Anika Nilles – Alter Ego (FULL TRANSCRIPTION)

Everyone. Anika Nilles is amazing. I remember discovering this video when it only had a few hundred view on YouTube and now it has 1.6 Million. Her playing on “Alter Ego” was good enough to transcribe the whole thing. The lick at 0:19 is what hooked me,...

Vinnie Colaiuta – Chaka Khan Soundcheck Licks

Here are a few excerpts from one of the craziest drum videos on YouTube. Most people have seen it  and if you haven’t, you need to stop and go here now. Vinnie plays so fast in this video it is hard to see what stickings he used. On top of that, the audio is...

“Six Stickings” Exercise

Here’s an exercise I thought of today when a student kept combining a paradiddle with a double paradiddle on accident. It involves combining the three most popular 6-note stickings. Try playing it without any accents, with accents on the first note of each...

Benny Greb – Just Groovin’

This has been my VERY FAVORITE video forever. I first watched this video 8 or 9 years ago and  was blown away by Benny’s ability to play ghost notes, get amazing drum sounds, and play with such amazing feel and groove. This video was recorded using only two room...

Aron Mellergardh – “The Way She Walks” Drum Solo

I finally did it. I broke down and transcribed some Dirty Loops drumming. This is a great solo Aron played  on their album Loopified. The last few bars I kind of made up because they are super fast and the compression on the drums makes it really hard to tell what is...

Nate Felty – Double Paradiddle Pyramid

Here is a cool exercise my buddy Nate taught me. Basically you  take the “diddle” in a double paradiddle and move it through every position of the 6 notes involved. You can also work on your flams by adding a flam to the first sticking of each diddle....

Larnell Lewis – “What About Me?” Solo

Quite a few transcriptions ago, I transcribed Larnell’s playing on  the head of this tune. And just recently I decided to transcribe his solo he does toward the end of this Snarky Puppy tune. This goes by quick so look out. There is some really great stuff in...

Steve Smith – 5’s Exercise

Here is a cool exercise I saw Steve Smith posted  on Instagram. I’m attaching the exercise and a short video of me playing it so you all can hear how it sounds. I took the liberty in adding two measures at the very end that have the sticking in groups of 5, but...

Benny Greb – “Handbrake”

Here is an awesome reggae groove from Benny Greb off his  new DVD “The Art and Science of Groove“.  You should pick it up because it is the best drum DVD I own. And I own a LOT of drum DVDs.  ...

Tim Buell vf15 repost

HUGE thanks to the Vic Firth Instagram for reposting my video. I am leaving  a transcription of what I played here because I got a ton of questions about it. Make sure you check out Vic Firth because they are the best in the business.    ...

Mike Johnston – Instagram Goove

Here is a neat groove I saw on Instagram from  Mike Johnston (http://www.mikeslessons.com). He stole it from Dante Roberson who based it on David Garibaldi. HA.   http://www.timbuell.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Mike-Johnston.m4v...

David Garibaldi Grooves/Tricks

Here are some signature David Garibaldi grooves and tricks from some of his  live and studio playing. I recommend listening to these recordings wether you can read this drum music or not because these grooves are so unique...

Bill Stewart – “Question and Answer” Drum Solo

Here is a killer solo Bill played with the Pat Metheny Trio on the  album Trio → Live. It is a really quick 3/4 swing solo which is vocabulary that I haven’t really transcribed much. I picked this solo because of how over the bar line Bill’s phrasing is...

Ash Soan – Half-time Shuffle

Here is a transcription of a slick video Ash Soan posted on  Instagram. Follow him! Instagram: @ashsoan Website: http://www.ashsoan.com/ http://www.timbuell.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/ash-soan-.mov  ...

Tim’s Exercises

This is a sheet with a few exercises that have  helped me over the years. I added audio of my playing/explaining the exercises so even if you can’t read music, you can still hear how it sounds. Head over to my “teaching” tab to get more exercises and...

Dave Weckl – “What It Is” Solo

This is a solo from the first Dave Weckl album I ever owned. The solo goes by QUICK and the 16th note triplet figures toward the end might not be 100% accurate. I love how “in the cracks” Dave plays a lot of this stuff. He uses really wide flams and sloppy...

Elvin Jones – “Deluge”

This is one of my favorite Wayne Shorter tunes. Elvin plays a lot of incredibly subtle and cool stuff in the head of this tune. It is lazy, groovy, and full of surprises.    ...

The Drum Coaches

This morning I stumbled onto a YouTube channel that is pretty awesome. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxbGtXeMGIT0bRiwNSQaZDg is the link and the guys that make the videos are called “The Drum Coaches”. Follow them on Twitter ( @thedrumcoaches ). I...

Virgil Donati – “Eleven” Riff

So this isn’t a full transcription. This is just the basic (and by basic I mean really complicated) riff for a tune called “Eleven” off of Virgil’s solo album In This Life. This is near impossible. I don’t know how his brain works like...

Jost Nickel- “#VF15 Groove”

This transcription was taken from the social media campaign Vic Firth is doing on Twitter and Instagram. Check out the hashtag #vf15 because there are a ton of cool 15 sec. videos of drummers playing interesting grooves. This one is brought to you by Jost Nickel. I...

Vinnie Colaiuta- “Aliens (Ripped My Face Off)”

This is my most in-depth transcription yet. I have never really done an extend transcription. I usually get the couple of bars I like and move on. But Vinnie Colaiuta deserves more than that. This transcription is over 3 min long and Vinnie plays some incredible...

Brian Blade – “King’s Highway”

My friend Ross McReynolds (twitter: @ramjam91) transcribed this AWESOME brush solo by Brian Blade. This solo takes place at the very end of a live video found here ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qwv2f5m0xM ). Brian’s dynamics and touch in this solo are as...

Larnell Lewis – “What About Me?” 

I have just discovered Larnell Lewis. I first saw him play on a Drumeo clinic on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCiH0MZt780) and I was blown away. A few weeks later I got the Snarky Puppy album “We Like It Here” and found out he was playing. His...

Chris Coleman – “Vic Firth Artist Spotlight”

Chris Coleman is one of my favorite drummers. These solos showcase a lot of the reasons why. He is extremely musical even when navigating extremely tricky situations. These transcriptions are taken from some of the “Vic Firth: Artist Spotlight” videos he...

Eric Harland – “Chronos”

BEWARE: this solo is TRICKY. The vamp that Eric solos over in this tune is a weird one. This section of the tune is in 5/4, but the piano is playing a polyrhythmic 4 over 3 against the quarter note. So just beware that the rhythm the piano player is laying down is...

Ulysses Owens Jr. – “East of the Sun”

This transcription is from the latest Christian McBride Trio album entitled “Out Here”. Ulysses Owens Jr. plays an incredibly musical and dynamic brush solo towards the end of the track. Attached below is the transcription and an MP3 of just the solo. Do...

Max Roach – “Joy Spring”

My buddy, and fellow drummer, Brandon Hays transcribed a few Max Roach brush choruses from the Clifford Brown arrangement of “Joy Spring”. Starts with Max trading fours with Clifford, and then he takes a whole chorus.    ...

Brian Blade – “Jazz Crimes”

This is what Brian plays on the intro and head for the Joshua Redman tune “Jazz Crimes”. [ti_icon icon=”ti-file” size=”large” style=”icon-left” corners=”default” text=”Jazz Crimes – PDF”...

Nate Smith – “The Wheel” 

Part of Nate Smith’s solo from a live version of him playing “The Wheel” with Chris Potter Underground. http://www.drummerworld.com/Videos/natesmithpotterdrumsolo.html [ti_icon icon=”ti-file” size=”large”...

Dennis Chambers – “Otay”/”Camel Hump”

These two transcriptions are from the tracks “Otay” (Album-Outbreak) and “Camel Hump” (Album: Planet Earth). Both transcriptions start right when the drums kick in at the beginning of each track. [ti_icon icon=”ti-file”...

Aaron Spears – Groovin’ In Dublin

Here is a transcription of the great Aaron Spears from a video I found on YouTube.It starts at 0:24 sec and ends at about 0:53 sec, or you can view the clip I posted below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z13itQePh20 [ti_icon icon=”ti-file”...

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