In this lesson we’re going to explore a way to represent a melodic guitar riff from a classic-rock tune on the kit, while playing the song’s drumbeat at the same time.

Be sure to check out the complete article in the October 2013 issue for written notation and additional tips.


Jeff Salem is a freelance clinician and educator and is the owner of JS Music Studio. He is the author of the books Messin Wid Da Bull and A Rhythmic Twist, which are available through Hudson Music. He is also the founder of the group Enviro Drum. For more information, visit,,, and