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T.G. Sheppard - Livin on the Edge

"Doncha?" was a Top 10 song by country artist, T.G. Sheppard, appearing on his 1985 album Livin' On The Edge. Doncha? reached #8 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1985 (Columbia 05591).

This groove is a programmed drum track ... you can tell by the sounds of the drums as well as the layering of the percussion voices (ie. cross-stick and Tom Toms).

The groove has a lilt to it, so the written sixteenth-notes should be swung slightly throughout. I've notated the cross-stick along with the main drumset part, even though it would be impossible to play everything as written — unless you choose to leave out a few notes.

T.G. Sheppard - "Doncha?

If you are performing this tune live and not planning to program the electronic Tom sounds, as well as the cross-stick, here are a few options for you:

  • Play only the basic drumkit part; Kick, Snare and HiHat. This is most definitely the easiest approach ... and probably the smartest.
  • Play the basic drumkit part using two hands on the HiHat. This will allow you to work out a way to play the cross-stick part (left hand) while covering the Snare part (right hand) and most of the HiHat part.
  • Leave out the written HiHat part so you can cover the Toms, Snare and cross-stick parts; Kick drum as well, of course. If you miss hearing the HiHat too much, play an eighth-note pulse with the left foot on the HiHat.

Have fun ... and good luck! Laughing

Bart Elliott

Bart Elliott is a degreed professional musician with a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance, and Master of Music post-graduate work. His 40+ years in the music and entertainment industry, over 100 album recordings to his credit, as well as an exhaustive understanding of contemporary and classical music makes him a complete and skilled master musician.

Bart continues to work as an active drummer, percussionist, composer, producer, music arranger, director, comedian, MC, educator, writer and visual artist. He is the owner and creator of DrummerCafe.com, which he founded in December of 1996.


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