This is a simplified transcription of Ronnie Vannucci’s drum part from The Killers’ song Somebody Told Me from their fantastic debut album Hot Fuss.
The transcription is based on one that appeared in the October 2012 edition of Rhythm magazine. It had quite a few errors and was difficult to read so I’ve attempted to fix that. I’ve also made a few tweaks to bring the transcription closer to what Ronnie plays on the recording. However, I didn’t try to match it note for note to avoid overcomplicating things. The transcription is a good starting point and once you’ve nailed it you can fine tune it by listening to the original recording.
If you’re able to, I’d suggest playing to a slower version of the song as it’s very fast. 139bpm to be precise. If you have Logic Pro X or similar software you’ll be able to slow it down using that. Alternatively learn the drum part to a click track and gradually increase the tempo until you reach full speed.
If you have any questions or transcription requests, leave a comment.
Enjoy and good luck… 👉 download PDF