Kenny Aronoff On Playing Drums

Kenny Aronoff is one of the most requested session and live drummers in the music industry. Photo courtesy of

Kenny Aronoff has become one of the most requested session drummers in the music industry by laying down the “money beat.”  Aronoff claims to have become the “drummer he used to make fun of,” since learning how to play a basic drum beat instead of showing off on the drums.  He learned early on in his career that he would get hired to provide rock solid time and a thick drum beat to support artists like John Mellencamp, The Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Seger, John Fogerty, Bon Jovi, Bob Dylan, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, and the list goes on much longer.  To say the least, Aronoff has become one of the most popular requested session and live drummers in the music industry by far.  I put together a few videos with some of his back story, drumming tips, and a detailed list of the equipment he prefers to use.  I hope you enjoy this feature!

Guitar Center TV produced a great vignette featuring Kenny Aronoff and a short interview about his experiences learning to play the drums.  There are a lot of very wise tips to pick up on in this video at

The next video offers a behind the scenes interview with Aronoff about playing the Chickenfoot song, “Soap On A Rope.”  I thought the video had some very cool elements about playing swing versus straight drum beats.  Check it out at

The last video I found for you features a detailed explanation of the gear that Kenny Aronoff has chosen to use live and in the studio.  This video should be very cool for all the drum gearheads out there like me at

Kenny Aronoff has become one of the most requested session drummers in the music industry for his ability to lay down the “money beat.”  This just goes to show that what I’m teaching you at Play Drums By Ear will greatly benefit you if you choose to enter the music industry.  I hope you enjoyed this feature post about Kenny Aronoff!



Leave A Reply (2 comments so far)

  1. Jerret

    As a guitar player, he is one of my favorite drummers. If I was ever in the position to need to hire, he would be one of my first choices.

  2. Gail

    Kenny Aronoff: I like the less is more approach. A drummer needs to be able to do fills, if it fits in well with the song. Sounds like he know’s the the different sounds he’s after. Like the beat and sound of “Soap On A Rope”. Chickenfoot Experience: I could go as far as to say that, bands that have strong, clear and amazing sounding lyrics, vocals and instrumentals, are rare…