March 15th, 2013

Carter Beauford: Warehouse

Carter Beauford's drumming was a revelation to me when I got into the Dave Matthews Band. His playing opened up a whole way of thinking about and playing the drums that was entirely new and creative to me. It was also one of the main things that sent me in search of jazz. Perhaps the biggest thing I took from Beauford's playing was his broken hi-hat playing. Rather than just using straight 1/8, 1/16 or 1/4 notes, he uses the hi-hat as another voice, filling in lots of the space between the kicks and the snare. It is not quite a linear approach, but adds a more improvised voice on top of the main groove. One of the best examples of this is "Warehouse" from DMBs first album "Under the Table and Drumming". After the intro, it is basically played twice. Check out the recording.

Carter Beauford, Warehouse, Dave Matthews Band, Jazz Drumming

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January 14th, 2013

Bernard Purdie: Babylon Sisters

The groove that Bernard Purdie is probably most famous for is the so called "Purdie" shuffle. The basic shuffle, which very much has it's roots in blues and is strongly related to jazz time, is a groove that every drummer must know how to play. After that the "Purdie" shuffle is essential. Basically it's is conceived as a half-time shuffle, especially at the tempo found in Steely Dan's classic tune "Babylon Sisters", so the back beat is played on the third beat of every bar. What makes it particularly challenging is the grace notes that fill in the triplets, so start slow. It is written with a crotchet (1/4 note) pulse of 120bpm.

This groove has been very influential and so you will find in the pdf two further examples of the groove, one being the almost equally famous Jeff Porcaro groove from Toto's "Rosanna". The bass drum is a little more syncopated and the tempo is faster making filling in those grace note triplets more challenging. It has been written out as a half-note shuffle, but as the tempo increases it is worth starting to think of it as a 16th note shuffle. It is most certainly easier to see it as a 16th note shuffle by the time you get to Vinnie Colautia's shuffle on Sting's "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You". What you have to really watch out for at the faster tempos, though, is the shuffle flattening out into straight 16ths. Count all the triplets as you work it up.

Bernard Burdie, Babylon Sisters, The Purdie Suffle, Jeff Porcaro, Vinnie Colautia, Jazz Drumming Blog

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September 9th, 2012

John Bonham: Ramble On

It's been almost exactly 3 years since I posted any Bonham and, although this is mainly a jazz drumming blog, that's far too long to not be paying dues to the greatest rock drummer.

Ramble On is one of my favourite Led Zepp tunes. It's not just the literary references but the way the whole song is put together and of course the groove. What Bonham is playing the semi-quavers (16th notes) on during the verses is anybody's guess but it sounds brilliant. Included here is the main drum groove from the (2nd) chorus followed by the guitar break groove. Of particular note is the way Bonham doesn't just play through it with a back beat, he interprets it much more musically by syncing and interplaying with the bass riff. Wonderful Stuff!

John Bonham, Ramble On Drum Groove.

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April 20th, 2012

Ignacio Berroa: Nocturne Bolero Groove

Charlie Haden's 2002 album "Nocturne" is quite captivating. A subdued and sublime meditation on the Cuban ballad song form known as the "Bolero". Ignacio Berroa provides the percussion through out and underpins most of the songs with this wonderfully simple, steady groove. Played with brushes, it is really just hand-to-hand quavers with a five stroke roll on to beat 2, but when played well it sounds phenomenal. A nice groove to add to your repertoire. And of course, listen and play along!

4hero Drum and Bass Groove

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