Drum exam song suggestions?


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Thought about any odd meter stuff?
Tool Schism
Pink Floyd Money
Take 5 Dave Brubeck
Bruford Beelzebub
Forgot about Bruford especially his late 70s stuff. We did 'In The Dead Of Night' by UK at Uni. It's in a really cool 7/4 goove. The time signature changes in places and the guitar solo is a bitch but you don't have to worry about that!


For Dave Brubeck, anything off the time out album is a good showcase for odd time signatures. Personally I'd go for Blue Rondo Ala Turk in 9/8.



Junior Member
Thanks heaps guys! Means a lot!

Yeah, Mikyok, I can play Gadd's groove in "50 Ways to leave your lover" but haven't considered it as an option for the exams. I'll check it out again!

Thanks again guys


Gold Member
Toad - Cream

Third Stone from the Sun (Hendrix Experience)

What is Hip - Tower of Power


Platinum Member
I'd suggest something that shows off your groove abilities but shows off a few chops too.

50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (Paul Simon) would tick all of those boxes.
Mushanga (Toto) is another cool one but there's a bit of keys in that one.

There's tonnes of stuff out there I'm sure you'll find something cool. Good luck dude!


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I've never heard of those songs/artists, but I gave them a listen and they seem fairly similar.

There are millions of songs, so I won't suggest specific ones, but have you thought about trying to play as many genres as you can? It might better showcase you as a drummer...


Junior Member
Hey guys, I am in my final year at school here in Australia, and for my final exams we have to pick 4 songs to play. I have been playing drums for 9 years now and need assistance choosing 2 more songs.

So far I have got these two songs:

Benny Greb - Soulfood
James Morrison - Sydney by Night (Stage band arrangement)

Please leave me a few more suggestions! Preferably songs that work well in either a drums, bass, guitar trio, or a stage band. Not really interested in playing to a backing track, but also suggest them too!

Cheers guys, Jack.