How to play ‘The Hype’ – Twenty One Pilots – Drum Lesson

How to play ‘The Hype’ – Twenty One Pilots – Drum Lesson

Welcome to this lesson on how to play ‘The Hype’ by Twenty One Pilots. Chances are you are a huge fan of Josh Dun and how he plays drums. Well, guess what? So am I. I personally find it interesting not only all the amazing beats that he plays, but also the fact that there are only 2 people in the band. This fact blows my mind. Anyway, be sure to check out the video lesson for the examples on how to play all the parts. And if your a visual learner, check out the sheet music for this lesson.

The Main Beat

Now the all the beats are based on this idea.

A super cool 2 bar pattern

You have Accented 16th notes on the high hats.

Snare on the 2 and the 4.

A complicated bass drum pattern (slooow that one down for sure!)

The high hat opening in 2 separate positions. (Can you spot them?? In the first bar its the 3+ and the second bar its the 4+)

The Intro

The intro is really based on a 4 bar pattern

The first 2 bars is snare on 2 and 4 for the first bar and a half.

Then you have a surprising flam on the 3+

Then 2 extra beats on the snare

The next 2 bars is the same except…

There is 2 floor toms notes at the very end

Now at the very end of the intro there is a really cool ‘Josh Dun’ fill… Check it out…

Notice the 2 and a half beats of rest on the second bar

Then a snare drag on the 3+

Then tom-snare-floor tom. Classic Josh Dun

The Bridge

The bridge shows us a really interesting ride cymbal pattern that is worth learning.

To make learning the pattern easier its a good idea to slow this right down and clap out the rhythm.

Notice the rest on the count 3?

Also notice the accents on certain beats

The accents are played on the bell of the ride using the shoulder of the stick.

The non accents are played with the tip of the stick on the body of the ride.

Where to from here?

If you want to see all the parts for the lesson, check out the video or the sheet music linked.

If you want to really get ahead in your drumming, be sure to check out the online drum lessons we have available at DD Drums.

May your drumming get better and better every day.

All the best!

Dave Debono

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