Learn to play Rosanna by Toto
Featuring your favorite songs, Melodics creates bite-sized lessons that level up your skills on the drums.
Follow our step by step breakdown of Rosanna 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.
"Rosanna" is a classic rock song by Toto, known for its intricate instrumental arrangements. The drummer's impeccable timing and finesse are evident throughout the track, making it a staple in the band's repertoire. Toto's drummer is highly regarded for his technical skills and musical contributions to the band's success.
Start the fill with your left hand, ending with your right on the crash. Keep the triplet skip beat going with your right hand on the hi-hat.
Continue the triplet shuffle beat through the verse, watching for the crashes and open hi-hats. Finish this section with the same fill from the intro, again leading with your left hand.
Bring the dynamic down for the Pre-chorus and move to a steady 1/4 note groove. Watch for the tricky crash hits and triplet fill across the toms at the end of this section - use Practice Mode to slow it down and nail the details.
Move back to the triplet shuffle with added open hi-hat hits here, and finish this section with the hits from the Pre-chorus on the crash.
Combine and perform
Now combine the sections, Intro - Verse - Pre-chorus - Chorus, to play this abridged arrangement.
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- Toto's Rosanna 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.
- Mastery of intricate and complex drum patterns, especially during the famous drum intro, ability to maintain a smooth and steady groove with subtle variations, skill in playing expressive drum fills that complement the song's dynamics.
- 81 bpm
- G 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.
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- 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.