Originally Posted by Sticksman
I'm attempting to learn Lateralus note-for-note, and man is it hard! The part in the middle, with the opening/closing hi-hats and the four consecutive bass notes, requires a proficient degree of independence and timing. Insane stuff, not to mention that I'm also incoroporating the breakdown Danny does at the end of the song in the Jeff Ocheltree DVD (which also happens to be here on the site).
I always found the verse right at the beginning one of the hardest bits. The five-against-six bit in the middle is quite tricky, but once you get it the pattern is relatively short and you've just got to stay tight. But the verse has all kinds of bizarre tom patterns wandering across barlines and all sorts of things.