Nate Brown demonstrates how to play “Ethiopia,” the first single from The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new CD, I’m With You. On the track, Chad Smith plays a tasty odd-time groove with ghost notes, drags, and strong snare accents on 3 and the & of 6. The time signature changes to 4/4 leading into the chorus, so all the crashes fall on the & of 4. For this section Smith uses open hi-hats on the &’s to lift the groove and keep everything funky.
To see the accompanying drum transcription, pick up a copy of the August 2011 issue of DRUM! Magazine here.