Learn to play Chop Suey! by System Of A Down on Drums
Follow our step by step breakdown of Chop Suey! 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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Hailing from California, System Of A Down is an alternative metal band known for their unique blend of heavy guitar riffs and eclectic songwriting. "Chop Suey!" is one of their signature tracks, featuring intricate drum patterns that match the intensity and passionate delivery of the song's lyrics. The band's drummer showcases impressive technicality, adding to the distinctiveness of their sound.
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Intro to Chop Suey!
After the hi-hat and kick hit in the guitar intro, move to a repeating pattern across the toms. Finish this section with a buildup between mid tom and low tom.
Learning the Verse by System Of A Down
Move to 1/4 notes on the open hi-hat for the first half of the verse. After 8 bars, play the hits between snare and open hi-hat. Return to the 1/4 note open hi-hat groove, and play a small fill before moving to the chorus.
Chop in the iconic Chorus
For the chorus, move to a half-time feel on the ride. After 8 bars, add more movement in the kick. Finish the song with hits following the rest of the band.
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- System Of A Down's Chop Suey! 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.
- Fast and precise double bass drumming for the intense sections, strong endurance to handle the high-energy and rapid drum patterns, ability to switch between different time signatures and maintain the song's unpredictable rhythm.
- 127 bpm
- G minor
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