How To Play Mountains by Biffy Clyro on Drums
Ninjas! In this lesson we’ll be learning how to play Mountains by Biffy Clyro which is the band’s highest charting single to date, peaking at #5 on the UK singles chart. Originally released on August 18, 2008 as a ‘non-album’ single, it was later included on the band’s fifth studio album, Only Revolutions.
Mountains is a great example of drummer, Ben Johnston’s powerful and energetic playing. He drives the track with an eighth-note rock feel and breaks up the different sections of the song by switching between the hi-hats, ride and crash.
On the verse you will notice a bar of 4/4 followed by a bar of 7/8. The first few times you hear this it can be a bit confusing but follow along with the transcription and all will become clear.
During the chorus Ben plays a heavy eighth-note groove on the crash to give it that massive sound. The snare changes from a two and four backbeat to the three, creating a half-time feel. Try to play harder than you do on the verse to bring some dynamics to the song.
Now Kill It! DN