Van Halen Unchained Help?

Thecowslayer

Senior Member
Hey everyone,
I've been trying to break down the song Unchained by Van Halen, and I've got most of it down, but there are a few parts in the song I am really struggling with. It's mainly where the drums change around :40 , and again later in the song. I thought that it stayed in 4/4 but I'm still having a real hard time counting when exactly the snare and bass drum hit during that part.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx86CxKYtg0
 

Midnite Zephyr

Platinum Member
I think you hit the BD on the upbeat (8th) before the measure, then the SD on the 2 & 3 down beats, then the BD on the upbeat (8th) before 4, then SD on 1 & 2, BD on the upbeat (8th) before the 3 and then the upbeat (8th) before the 1 again, all the while keeping the constant 16th beats on HH. And, yes, it stays in 4/4. Does that make any sense?
 

SgtThump

Platinum Member
FWIW... My main instrument is lead guitar and I've played this song in a few bands. The pre-chorus part that starts around 40 seconds is a son of a bitch on any instruments. I finally just "memorized" the parts and stopped counting.

Chris
 
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