Finger drumming lesson: A-Punk by Vampire weekend

This is a finger drumming tutorial on how to play the drums to Vampire Weekend’s A-Punk on a midi pad controller.

After doing a finger drum cover of Vampire Weekend’s A-Punk last week, I thought it might be nice to do a complete lesson on how to play it, so here we go! You can check out the video above and read along with the patterns written down below.

Here’s all the different patterns that are played in the song. I used QFG’s standard pad-layout for this which is the following layout:

Finger Drumming Basic Pad Layout

For more information on setting up a rig for finger drumming and all the basic finger drumming techniques, I highly recommend checking out my free beginner lessons here, or this blogpost in which I explain all essential finger drumming techniques in 3 minutes.

It starts of by ‘counting off’ on one of the toms and the snare.

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Going into an almost disco-like groove on the kick, snare and hi hat.

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Transitioning into the main beat with a cymbal hit and a quick 16th note double on the snare.

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The main beat is basically like the intro but with a closed hi hat instead of an open one.

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For the ‘B’ part, play continuous 8th notes with the right hand and a tom-tom-snare pattern with left.

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And finally, the snare fill back into the intro groove

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Those are all the patterns. If you have any questions or remarks, the best way to get a reasonably fast response is to leave a comment on Youtube. Thanks for watching and reading and ’till next time!