From Blood Sugar Sex Magik
On the intro, Smith lays down a funky groove with open hi-hat notes on all the &’s. He straightens out the groove at 1:17, which introduces the sextuplet fill we see in the third line. At 2:30 he plays a very similar fill leading into the breakdown section. Coming out of the breakdown, he plays the fill we see in the fifth line and then plays the &’s on his ride bell with snare accents on the ah of 1 and 4, with other accented snare and ghost notes thrown in as inspiration moved him.
From Mother’s Milk
This remake of the Stevie Wonder classic has an instantly recognizable bass intro courtesy of Flea and a strong snare fill. Smith plays his bass drum on all the quarter-notes to anchor the groove under his shuffle, which helps to keep it more on the rock side of funk.
Chad Smith is the drummer with The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot, and Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats. He has also recorded with Kid Rock, Glenn Hughes, Brandi Carlile, Johnny Cash, and The Dixie Chicks. Over the years, Smith has contributed time to charitable causes, including MusiCares, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Children’s Hospitals.