Drummer Talk

Transcription – “Speed of Sound” by Coldplay

This is easily one of my favorite drum parts of all pop-dom, and Will Champion’s performance on this track is marvelous.

It features a repeated rhythm (an ostinato) between the kick, snare, and top tom throughout the entire track that is loads of fun to play.

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The biggest trick is deciding how to best tackle the various “ride” instruments while keeping this ostinato flowing.

In the verse 1 and the interludes, you’ll be be riding on the floor tom as shown below. This leaves your left hand (assuming a right-handed kit) to run the repeated figure.


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However, when you get to the subsequent verses, you’ll switch the ride pattern from the floor tom to hi-hat. This means that in order to not cross arms, you’ll need to switch to an open-handed position and play the ostinato with your right hand and the 8th note hats with your left hand.


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Your brain will probably fight you on this, but you tell that organ who’s boss! We hope you enjoy this month’s transcription! Difficulty level: 4/10



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