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BeatTips Favorite Drummers: Stewart Copeland


Lessons Learned by Drummers; Stewart Copeland’s Drumwork Taught Me Much

By Amir Said (Sa’id)

Because hip hop/rap music can—and often does—draws on a variety of music forms, it should come as no surprise that there are real jewels to be learned in those music forms. Although I would never that anyone substitute the fundamentals of another music form for hip hop/rap’s fundamentals, I still have found that there are some key lessons that can be learned from other music forms and specific instrumentalists within those music traditions.

Stewart Copeland, drummer for the group, The Police, is one such instrumentalist. Until I began closely studying Stewart Copeland’s drumwork, I didn’t really understand how different drum sound velocities could affect the texture of a beat.

The music and video below is presented here for the purpose of scholarship.

The Police – “When the World is Running Down

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About Author

Amir Said (aka Sa’id) is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BeatTips. A writer, publisher, and beatmaker/rapper from New York, Said is the author of a number of books, including ‘The BeatTips Manual,’ ‘The Art of Sampling,’ ‘Ghetto Brother,’ and ‘The Truth About New York.’ He is also a recording artist with a number of music projects, including his latest album ‘The Best of Times.’ Follow him on Twitter at: @amirsaid and @BeatTipsManual