Lesson: Uptown Funk - Trinity Rock and Pop Drums Grade 1

Updated: Apr 18

Hope you enjoy this one, it's great fun to play.


There are a few different things to keep in mind with this song:


  • a steady beat with consistent a hi-hat, snare and kick throughout.

  • bars 21-24 make sure the solo kick drum really hits on each click.

  • the crescendo (the build) in bars 25-27 needs to be steady, make sure you start really lightly so you've got somewhere to go. If you start hitting hard, how can you get louder?

  • from bar 32 on we've got the semi-quaver (16th note) hits. These need to be in time with the horns.



Take each section slowly and don't rush the piece.


Watch the lesson on one bit, then pause it and practise.


Once you can play this along with the track, I just know you'll love it - so much fun.


Use an app like AnyTune or of course Trinity's own to help slow the track down for practice as you can then play with the music at a slower tempo.


And here's the lesson:




And here's the original to play along with too: