Chad Smith’s Drum Part On “Ethiopia” Explained

How To Play Chad Smith’s Drum Part On “Ethiopia”

Red Hot Chili Peppers

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.

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