Learn to play Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson
Featuring your favorite songs, Melodics creates bite-sized lessons that level up your skills on the drums.
Follow our step by step breakdown of Uptown Funk 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.
Mark Ronson is a British-American musician, DJ, and record producer, renowned for his work in the pop and hip-hop genres. In his hit song "Uptown Funk," the infectious drumbeat drives the groovy rhythm, contributing to the song's energetic and danceable vibe. Ronson's production skills and drum arrangements have solidified his position as a prominent figure in the contemporary music scene.
After the vocal intro, kick off with a snare on beat 4, crash, then move into the main groove.
Pare back to 1/4 notes on the kick. For the second section, add 1/8 notes on the snare.
Hit the crash and return to the verse groove for the chorus. Play a 1/16 note snare fill every fourth bar, starting on beat 4. Then loop that fill three more times, ending in 1/4 note hits on kick and snare, and finally a crash.
Combine and play
Now combine the sections to play the full arrangement.
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- Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk is a great song for beginner and intermediate drummers to play. Download Melodics to break down the song and play other lessons and songs for all skill levels.
- Groove and pocket playing to maintain the infectious rhythm, skill in incorporating various drum fills and accents to add flair to the performance, solid sense of timing and synchronization with the rest of the band, especially during the funky breaks.
- 115 bpm
- C major
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
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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.