Learn to play Take On Me by A-ha
Featuring your favorite songs, Melodics creates bite-sized lessons that level up your skills on the drums.
Follow our step by step breakdown of Take On Me 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.
A-ha, a Norwegian synth-pop band, gained international fame with their catchy hit "Take On Me." The drummer's driving rhythm in the song's chorus complements the melodic synth lines, contributing to its '80s pop charm. A-ha's drummer played an essential role in shaping the band's synth-driven sound.
For the synth hook, play a two bar repeating kick and snare pattern. In the first bar, play kick on beats 1 and 2-&, and in the second bar, play kick on beats 1, 3, and 3-&. Finish this section with a fill between snare and hi tom, alternating hands, R - L - R.
Keep the 2 bar repeating groove going through this section. End on the fill again, this time moving to mid tom instead of hi tom.
Change up the pattern in the chorus. Begin by alternating 1/4 notes on kick and snare. After 8 bars, move to a half-time groove, that is, cutting the rhythmic momentum in half by playing the snare on beat 3. After 4 bars of half-time, fill back into the regular time groove to finish this section.
Combine and play
Now combine the three sections to perform the full arrangement. Remember to use Practice Mode if you need to slow down and learn the sections.
Melodics is the best way to build your musical skills
- A-ha's Take On Me is a great song for beginner to advanced drummers to play . Download Melodics to break down the song and play other lessons and songs for all skill levels.
- Expertise in playing a solid, driving groove on the drums, skill in incorporating the iconic drum fills in the song, coordination for the transitions between the verse and chorus sections, particularly during the drum breaks.
- 84 bpm
- F# 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.