Audio Funk: Chad Smith’s “Funky Monks”

Funk/R&B Lesson: How to play Chad Smith’s drum beat in “Funky Monks” (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

By Rich Lackowski Published December 5, 2009

Check out this transcription and lesson from On the Beaten Path: The Drummer’s Guide to Musical Styles and the Legends Who Defined Them, by Rich Lackowski.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of the funkiest bands around, thanks to the solid grooves laid down by Flea and Chad. Chad's use of open hi-hats on the offbeats, combined with a syncopated kick pattern and his patented tight snare sound, create a rhythm that is undeniable. Take your time to work through these advanced exercises to master the tune.


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About the Author
In addition to authoring the On the Beaten Path series of award-winning music instruction books, Rich Lackowski has written articles and features for TRAPS magazine and How to Play Drums magazine, is a member of the Vic Firth education team, and has performed in various locations around the United States since 1985.

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