PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE
GRADE: 2
ARTIST: Alicia Keys
SONG: 'Fallin''

ROCK & POP DRUMS SESSIONS: 'FALLIN'', ALICIA KEYS - WITH DAVID DYSON

Watch session drummer David Dyson give his take on 'Fallin'' by Alicia Keys. ‘Fallin’’ featured on New York-born Alicia Keys’ debut album Songs in A Minor in 2001, an immediate hit that topped the US chart and the first of five albums to achieve the same feat. In the verse, the ‘back beats’ (beats 2 and 4) are played with rim clicks on the snare. Experiment with the placement of the stick hitting the rim of the snare to find a ‘sweet spot’ where the sound is best and always consistent. ‘Fallin’’ features a gentle rolling groove which requires careful balance across the kit.

David Dyson is a professional drummer based in London. He has worked with artists including Gregory Porter, Professor Green, Izzy Bizu, Louis Tomlinson and Kelis, and with producers including Guy Chambers, Dallas Austin and Gus Pirelli. He’s played at Buckingham Palace, the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Opera House, Ronnie Scott’s and at festivals including Latitude and Glastonbury. He also teaches and notable students include Jim Sclavunos of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.





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