by Third Eye Blind on Drums

    Hey, I’m Dango from Amber Pacific and Dangoempire.com and today I would like to talk about the song Jumper. Now this is by the band Third Eye Blind and Brad Hargreaves is the drummer. 


    This album came out in 1997 and it was massive. It had the song Semi Charmed Kind of Life which was the first single and it was number one, it seemed like forever, I remember it was 6 or 8 or 10 weeks just straight and then Jumper came out as the next single and this song was also really huge. 


    I remember really liking this, it had a lot of different drum things on it that were cool and Brad is a jazz guy, I remember reading about him a lot in Modern Drummer. So he was a guy that was bringing something different to the rock scene. 


    He played a lot of dynamics, he played a lot of things that really fit tastefully into the song so some things were really complex, but most his things were simple, but he did things that really fit well. So I’m going to break down some of the drum sections he does on this song to make a pop song or a rock song, have some really interesting things.






    So the signature part of this song on the drums is probably the intro and the outro. It’s a very marching, rudimental snare kind of thing and you can tell this guy’s got some schooling background, he’s throwing in some double strokes, there’s some flams in there. It’s a really cool drum intro and the way they mix it in the CD is really cool as well because when it hits the end of the song, it just goes to the snare drum, you hear it in a room, and I remember reading they had mics backing away from the snare in a huge room so it sounded like it was getting further and further away in just this massive room so it made this drum part really stand out. I remember hearing this song on the radio and they usually didn’t cut it. They let this drum outro play and it would play quite a ways before they started the next song on the radio. So let me play that for you slow.


    So now what we’re doing is some basic back and forth. So we’re playing some eighth notes and sixteenth notes, but there’s double strokes in there. Now what that is, I’m going to break that down really slowly for you, if you’ve never played a double stroke roll, which there’s some quick ones in there, it’s the idea of playing right, right, left, left, right, right, left, left. So let me show you that.


    I know you may hear that and say that doesn’t sound like much of a roll, but as you speed that up, it has a really cool sound.


    And so what’s different about this than, for example, a press roll or a buzz roll, is you can hear the strokes. If you play a buzz roll or a press roll, kind of like a military sound, or you might play in your concert band…


    It’s a buzz, but you don’t hear defined notes whereas a double stroke roll…


    And so what’s cool about putting these into a song and in time is that you can throw them in different places.






    Now as we go from this marching snare riff into the first verse, there’s a big pause where he hits a hard accent on the snare…


    And then crash for beat one and leaves it open…


    And the singing starts right there so it kind of lets some tension out of the start of the verse. 


    …2, 3, 4, 1`, 2, 3, 4. And this is where he comes in on the toms so we’re not playing a straight rock beat still. We’ve gone from the marching thing to the toms.


    …1 2 3 e & a 4 1 2 3 e & a 4 1 2 3 e & a 4


    Now the verse kind of goes back and forth because he does the opening, let’s it ring, then plays the toms, then let’s it ring again, the goes back to the toms. So let’s play that all the way through.


    Now coming out of the toms, going into the chorus, he does a stop. So he does a build and a stop on beat three. 1 & 2 & 3.


    This is a dynamic build because we start quiet volume and then get louder.


    And then, we go into the chorus.






    Ok, let’s talk about the chorus to Jumper. This is probably the easiest part when you hear it on the drums, but it’s still a cool groove. This is the first time he goes to a straight rock beat, but what Brad does is he throws in a lot of ghost notes which is pretty standard in this kind of style. It adds a lot and as a young drummer, you don’t always hear those because you don’t know they’re being played. So the basic groove is


    …1 2 3 & 4, 1 2 3 & 4


    And that’s the main thing you’re hearing between the kick and the snare. But instead of just playing that…


    He spices it up by throwing in ghost notes. Now ghost notes are the really quiet notes you play in between…


    And he’s playing it on the ride.


    Now to practice ghost notes, there’s a lot of ways you can do it, but if you’ve never played ’em, it’s really slow it down and work on the dynamics. Work on playing a really quiet part and then playing accenting 2 & 4. You can do a basic beat.


    So instead of playing…


    Kind of a Nirvana drum beat, a basic drum beat, that a lot of guys learn early on, we can play that, but ghost note it.


    You can simplify the kick drum and then practice the ghost notes like that. So that’s a good way to work on it. And then to play it again in the chorus.






    Ok, let’s talk about the bridge of this song. Now this is cool because it goes to a different tom beat that’s got a really cool vibe to it and there’s a fill that comes out of that chorus where the accent’s on beat four. & a 3 e & 4.


    And then from there right into the tom thing.


    So we’re playing alternating hands and just doing different accents. & a 1 & a 2 a 3 e & a 4 & a 1 & a 2 a 3 e & a 4.


    And then halfway through, he starts adding the snare drum in and what’s cool about this is that we get to use a paradiddle. It’s not surprising from a guy like this. There’s one paradiddle at the end of each phrase where you have to do a double on the toms. So you go, you’re gonna play…


    3 e & a 4 and that’s part of a paradiddle.


    So now let’s add the snare drum into this tom pattern. 


    So the snare’s hitting on beat four. Then as he comes to the close of the bridge, he starts playing the snare on the two and the four before the fill. So let’s hear that progress.


    So what that fill is, is just different accents. & 1 e & 2 e & 3 e & a 4 e & a. 


    And then one more fill before we actually go back into the chorus. It’s a similar thing: 1 e & 2 e & 3 & and then triplets trip-el-it, trip-el-it.


    But then it goes to the toms on the triplet.


    Now let’s put the toms all together with the snare and the fill.


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