Mitch Mitchell: Transcription & Analysis

“Voodoo Chile” from Electric Ladyland

Mitchell plays a funky bass drum part that begins each measure alternating rhythms of 1 ah (2) & with 1 ah (2) e &. His hi-hat opening on the & of 2 remains constant. In the last two lines we see some of the interesting fills that show off his fast hands. The simple bass drum-and-hi-hat intro to the song seems perfectly normal after hearing it so many times, but it’s an unconventional approach to entering a song and is far more memorable than the choices many other drummers would have made.

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