Learn to play Come Down by Anderson .Paak on Drums
Follow our step by step breakdown of Come Down 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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Born Brandon Paak Anderson on February 8, 1986, in Oxnard, California, Anderson .Paak is a Grammy-winning artist known for his multifaceted talents as a singer, rapper, and drummer. Rising to prominence with his distinctive blend of R&B, hip-hop, and funk, .Paak's infectious energy and soulful voice have garnered widespread acclaim, with hits like "Come Down" showcasing his dynamic musical range and socially conscious lyrics. With a career marked by collaboration and innovation, Anderson .Paak continues to leave an indelible mark on the contemporary music scene.
Learn the intro
The cross stick snare is mapped to the regular snare for this lesson.
Start with 1/16 notes on the hi-hat, and a 4 bar kick pattern - follow the guitar riff and add an extra kick on beat 1-& of bar 4. After one time through the pattern, add the snare backbeat, and a 1/16 note on beat 3-e.
Learn the break
Hit the snare once to cue the break, and come back in after 1 bar. Continue the pattern. In the last bar of this section, play straight 1/4 notes on the snare.
Learn the double snare
Once again, play one time through the pattern as normal. The second time, add a double backbeat on the snare in bars 2 and 4.
Learn the 1/8 note snare
Play once through the pattern, and on the repeat, play straight 1/8 notes on the snare in the last bar.
Combine and play
Now combine the previous steps, and finish the arrangement with once more through the regular pattern. Be sure to use Practice Mode if you need to slow it down and focus on any tricky areas.
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- The difficulty of playing "Come Down" by Anderson .Paak on drums can vary depending on your skill level and familiarity with certain drumming techniques. Generally speaking, the song has a distinctive and energetic drum pattern that includes elements of funk and hip-hop. The main challenge might be in capturing the tight and dynamic feel of the groove, especially during the more intricate sections of the song. The use of ghost notes, snare accents, and syncopated rhythms contributes to the song's unique feel. If you're a beginner, some parts might be challenging, but with practice, you can gradually improve and enjoy playing the song. More experienced drummers might find it relatively approachable but still enjoyable due to its stylistic nuances. As with any song, breaking it down into smaller sections and practicing gradually can help in mastering the entire drum part.
- To drum "Come Down" by Anderson .Paak, you need fundamental skills, including hand and foot coordination, rhythm proficiency, and familiarity with drum rudiments. Specific techniques like ghost notes, dynamic hi-hat control, and capturing the funky groove are crucial. Independence between limbs, active listening to the original recording, and transcribing if possible are also valuable. Break down the song into smaller sections, gradually increase tempo, and inject creativity for a successful performance.
- "Come Down" by Anderson .Paak has a tempo of approximately 100 beats per minute (BPM). This moderate tempo contributes to the song's energetic and groovy feel.
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