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BY GIL SHARONE | FROM THE SUMMER 2018 ISSUE OF DRUM!

Practice Pad LessonsHere’s a simple verse pattern for the reggae classic by Junior Murvin called “Police And Thieves.” What makes it challenging is getting the feel right — especially at 64 bpm. It’s pretty much a 1 drop that sits between a straight and swung feel. It should feel hypnotic and groovy. There’s also a double snare hit at the end of each bar, which adds a nice flavor. When you play the snare drum hits make sure not to disturb the flow of the pattern.

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Gil Sharone is the current drummer for Marilyn Manson and Stolen Babies, and the former drummer of Dillinger Escape Plan and Pucifer. He has had a lifelong love of Jamaican styles and has played with Fishbone, Dave Wakeling, and reggae Grammy winners Morgan Heritage and Slightly Stoopid. His DVD/book Wicked Beats covers Jamaican ska, rocksteady, and reggae drumming.

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