The Way It Is

by Bruce Hornsby

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"The Way It Is" as recorded by Bruce Hornsby

Drum sheet music transcribed by James Morton. Immediate PDF download.

1 page chart - $2.99

Difficulty Level: Intermediate Genre: Classic Rock

Bruce Hornsby flitted around the music business until he hit it big with “The Way It Is,” which went to number one in 1986. One of the song’s signature sounds is that syncopated catchy piano riff that reoccurs throughout the piece. Rapper Tupac Shakur would later sample that riff for his song “Changes.” Hornsby also wrote “Jacob’s Ladder” for Huey Lewis and the News.

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All the drum sheet music found on this page and throughout the site are full, note-for-note transcriptions transcribed by James Morton--long-time professional drummer, author of over a dozen books with Mel Bay Publications, and creator of the "Rock Charts" column formerly found in Modern Drummer--over the course of his 40+ year career.

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