Chad Smith: Breaking The Girl

We play a tune once in a while from Blood Sugar Sex Magik called “Breaking The Girl,” which is in 6/8. When we first started working on it I played a part like the ones you see in Ex. 1—4, but then somebody suggested I think of it more like Mitch Mitchell’s part on Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression.” So I came up with the parts in Ex. 5—8, which are all just some slight variations I play. I put those triplet fills in around the drums and it made it more of this cool rolling part of the song – it’s really great when you get those. It becomes a melodic or sing-able part of the song. That was a good day when I got lucky with that one.

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