How to Play The 'Johnny Boy' Beat on a Drum Set

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Play the 'Johnny Boy' beat on a drum set; learn how with expert tips from our drummer in this free drum tutorial video on percussion instruments and music theory.

Part of the Video Series: Band Drum Lessons: Part 4
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Alright, now I want to do a beat from a song we made called "Jonny Boy". And the reason I picked this beat is because I start the song out with drums alone, and I start the beat on my second rack tom, and that beat follows through with the verse for the rest of the song. And I picked it because it's very interesting because you don't hear it a lot, not a lot of beats, start on the toms, and then I go from the rack tom and when it comes into the second part of the verse I go into an actual, like, just a regular beat. So, I'll go ahead and start that for you now. This is the beat to "Jonny Boy". I'll start that over, my snares were off, so I'll go right from, right after...okay, so take two, this is the beat to "Jonny Boy". And one thing I want to point out right there, something that I just personally like to do a lot, most of the fills you see are front to back, from high to low, I like to just change things up a lot and I like to do a lot of reverse fills, just because it's something you're not used to hearing. So once again I'll play this a little bit slower. When I go into the beat, I start in from the bottom and work my way progressively higher, so it sounds something like this.

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