Learn to play Can't Stop by Red Hot Chili Peppers on Drums
Follow our step by step breakdown of Can't Stop to listen to every part and learn how to play it yourself. Want to take your skills even further? Download the Melodics app where you can access hundreds of lessons, track every hit and measure your improvement.
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Red Hot Chili Peppers is a legendary funk rock band with an illustrious career spanning several decades. "Can't Stop" highlights Chad Smith's drumming prowess with its energetic and funky rhythm, capturing the essence of RHCP's distinctive style. The drummer's tight and dynamic playing is an integral part of the band's success and widespread appeal.
Intro to this iconic Red Hot Chili Peppers' track
Start with a buildup on the snare, using alternating hands, and increasing the dynamic level across 8 bars. Break it down and loop the intro in practice mode on Melodics.
Verse: Mastering this spicy groove
After a 4 bar guitar riff break, move into the main verse groove. Watch for the open hi-hat variation in the middle of this section, and play a fill around the toms to lead into the chorus.
Chorus: Can't Stop the Rhythm!
Move to the open hi-hat for the chorus, and play crashes on beats 1 and 2-& in every bar. There is another fill around the toms halfway through this section.
Bridge: Put all the ingredients together
Strip back to a basic groove for the bridge, and finish this section on the open hi-hat with a fill moving from snare to hi-tom.
Rock Out with the Outro
Play a big 1/16 note snare fill to lead back into the verse groove. Watch for the fills, and ride out til the end.
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- Red Hot Chilli Pepper's Can't Stop is a great song for intermediate and advanced drummers to play. Download Melodics to break down the song and play other lessons and songs for all skill levels.
- Strong and consistent use of ghost notes and dynamics to give the groove its characteristic feel, skill in incorporating improvisation and fills that complement the song's funky vibe, ability to keep the energy high and maintain the song's fast-paced tempo.
- Can't Stop is in 91bpm.
- Can't Stop is in 4/4 time signature.
- Can't Stop is in A major.
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