Learn to play I Need A Dollar - Aloe Blacc on Drums
Follow our step by step breakdown of I Need A Dollar by Aloe Blacc 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.
Featuring your favorite songs, Melodics creates bite-sized lessons that level up your skills on the drums.
Aloe Blacc, born Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III on January 7, 1979, is an American singer, songwriter, and philanthropist. Best known for his soulful voice and socially conscious lyrics, Blacc rose to prominence with his hit song "I Need a Dollar," a soulful anthem that resonated globally, highlighting economic struggles and the pursuit of financial stability. Beyond his musical contributions, Aloe Blacc continues to use his platform to advocate for social causes, making a lasting impact both through his music and his commitment to positive change.
Learn the A section
Start with a simple 1/8 note groove. In bar 8, add the hi-hat offbeat on beat 4-e, and repeat.
Learn the B section
Hit the crash and move into a "straight 4" groove in the B section, playing kick and snare together on all 4 beats. Finish this section with the hi-hat offbeat from the A section.
Learn the outro
Play the A section groove through before repeating the pattern on the ride and finishing with a crash.
Combine and perform
Now combine the sections and perform the full arrangement. The form is: A - B - Outro.
Melodics is the best way to build your musical skills
- The difficulty of playing "I Need a Dollar" on drums can vary depending on your skill level and experience. Overall, the drum pattern in the song is not overly complex, making it accessible for drummers with intermediate skills. The tempo is moderate, and the groove is generally straightforward. However, like any song, it may still present challenges in terms of dynamics, precision, and subtle nuances that contribute to the overall feel. Beginners might find some aspects a bit challenging, but with practice, it can be a rewarding song to play on the drums.
- To play "I Need a Dollar" on drums, focus on fundamental techniques like grip, limb coordination, and foot control. Develop rhythmic precision and dynamic control to convey the song's feel accurately. Hone listening skills for nuances like ghost notes and accents, recognizing and practicing specific drum patterns. Maintain a steady tempo with a metronome, emphasizing musicality to express the song's emotion. Regular practice and attention to detail will contribute to a confident and skillful performance.
- 95 bpm
- B minor
You can navigate to where Songs are in Melodics via the [Explore] >[Songs] section of the app.
Anyone with Melodics and a MIDI drums, keys or pads instrument can browse and audio preview any song in the catalog for free. Currently, you must have a subscription for a Melodics Songs plan in order to access the learning and playing component of Songs lesson content.
- Melodics subscribers prior to our September 1st 2022 launch have a free upgrade to the Songs tier from your Standard plan (thanks for believing in us!). Missed the memo? Get in touch.
- For Standard Tier subscribers (post September 1st 2022) and Melodics free users: Check out Melodics’ plans to upgrade to Songs, visit melodics.com/plans
The high caliber to which our music team produce our renditions for each song and try to capture the original sound and spirit behind the music and artists is unparalleled in the world of music-learning apps.
It’s really important when you’re learning popular music that you get a proper chance to focus without distraction — that means no bad renditions, dinky instruments or shoddy vocal attempts allowed!
With Melodics, we want your experience of playing your favorite songs to feel authentic — like you’re sitting in with the band itself
Melodics launched Songs on September 1st, 2022 with 59 songs in the catalog. Across keys, pads and drums instruments, with multiple levels of difficulty for each song, that’s over 200 distinct lessons for songs to play, plus 1500+ lessons, exercises, courses and a Guided Path to get your skills up to speed!
We always have more Songs in production, and we’ll be doing more Song bundle drops regularly so the catalog grows and stays fresh.
Songs are only available to Premium plan subscribers. As a free user you can preview songs and hear how they sound by hitting the lesson audio preview. If you’d like an idea of how learning songs with Melodics can benefit your broader musical journey, check out our article on navigating your learning journey.