John Mayer – Waiting On the World to Change (Drum Sheet Music)

Here’s the drum transcription for “Waiting On the World to Change” by John Mayer from the album Continuum (2006) with Steve Jordan on drums. The note-for-note drum transcription is available for free.


The drum part is based essentially on one drum beat, consisting of two bars repeated for the entire tune with some variations. That is one of the most remarkable grooves played by Steve Jordan, a must-know for every drummer. The groove is played with a smooth 16th-note swing feel. From a construction point, the three main elements are the straight 8th note ride cymbal pattern, the bass drum part, and the snare with a variation on the second bar, which displaces the last backbeat on the upbeat. Some embellishments are added, such as the snare ghost note on the third beat and the left foot hi-hat part, which is clearly audible in the intro. 

john mayer waiting on the world to change drum transcription

In the bridge section, Steve Jordan plays a groovy 8th-note drum beat on the hi-hat. Listening carefully, you can hear a subtle ghost note after the backbeat. Details make all the difference in elevating the groove.

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2 thoughts on “John Mayer – Waiting On the World to Change (Drum Sheet Music)

  1. Hi Francis Your posts are great and your attention detail in your posts and charts are appreciated. As an older drummer coming back to it after 40 years it is sometimes difficult for me to emulate the detail in the charts. So I make do. However the detail of your charting gives me a greater depth of understanding of the drummer in a song and for that I thank you. Further I thank you for sustaining the craft of drumming to a high level in the world of music. Cheers Phil P

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