Mitch Mitchell: Transcription & Analysis

“Manic Depression” from Are You Experienced

Jimi Hendrix’s song about bipolar disorder may not accurately comply with the clinical description provided by the American Psychiatric Association, but it is a great tune in an unusual rock waltz style with a classic drum groove every drummer should know. The tune is in 3/4 with a churning triplet feel that could just as easily be transcribed in 9/8. Mitchell’s approach to playing this song is reminiscent of a lot of Elvin Jones’ jazz drumming.

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