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Ilan Rubin is one of my favourite drummers. Recently I decided to transcribe a solo of his, both for my own practice and for others to benefit from. The solo in question can be seen in the video above, which is a short promo piece from Q Drums, the LA-based drum company that Rubin is an endorsee and part-owner of.

The solo is described simply as an improvisation, but provides great insight into Rubin’s typical playing style. Heavily influenced by Bonham in both sound and content, he makes extensive use of the six-stroke roll, fast kick drum doubles and other triplet fills around the kit. The tempo is formidable, yet Rubin still executes these figures perfectly with an incredible dynamic range.

The transcription features all articulations and stickings as played in the original video, although bear in mind that Rubin plays open-handed, and so often leads with the left – a right-handed player might want to reverse these.

I hope this is useful to you – enjoy!