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Guitar great Brian May isn’t the only member of Queen putting his musical talents on display via social media while sheltering at home because of the coronavirus. The band’s drummer, Roger Taylor, has been posting a series of videos on his Instagram demonstrating his beat-keeping skills.
Between Saturday, March 21, and Wednesday, March 25, Taylor uploaded seven video clips focusing on the different sounds you can get from the snare drum, the hi-hat, cymbals and tom-toms.
In a video posted Monday, Taylor played a beat similar to one Led Zeppelin‘s John Bonham played on 1970’s “Immigrant Song.” On Wednesday, he demonstrated a roll inspired by famed surf-rock band The Surfaris‘ 1963 hit “Wipe Out.”
As for May, he continues to post daily videos on his YouTube channel that show him playing what he calls “micro concerts,” as well as giving guitar tutorials and sharing his feelings about the health crisis.
Among the recent clips are video in which he demonstrates how to play solos from Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Keep Yourself Alive,” as well as from his solo tune “Last Horizon.”
In another clip, Brian shares his opinion that the U.K. government has handled the coronavirus situation poorly, maintaining that the country wasn’t put on lockdown soon enough to curb the spread of the disease.
In May’s most recent clip, posted Wednesday, he sends out a message to fans who, like him, are stuck at home.
“Hope you’re doing okay out there. Thinking of you all, some of you in such difficult situations,” he says. “All I can say is…hang in, and [I’m] sending you love. This is a real, real, real big deal. But humanity will win in the end. [I] just hope humanity’s learned a lesson or two on the way.”
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