The rests in this funky groove give it a hesitated feel. The second bar gives the impression of odd timing as the backbeat displaces. Be sure to use alternating sticking on the hi-hat.
Learn this slick variation in the Go-Go Beat style.
This groove's hand pattern is based off the ubiquitous lesson #33 from George Lawrence Stone's book, Stick Control.
This linear groove uses the ride bell to accent the syncopation. The suggested tempo is 120 bpm, but this groove also sounds cool at slower (or faster) tempos.
While the drum track to Thriller is a programmed track played by a drum machine, this groove is still a fun groove to play on an acoustic kit.
This groove features a slick ostinato 3 pattern on the ride cymbal that is no walk in the park. There are ways to change the groove while maintaining its funkiness. Check it out!
This groove nails a host of embellishments, but what happens when you strip them away? Check it out!
"Dark Necessities" is the first single on Red Hot Chili Pepper's 11th studio album, The Getaway (2016). The song became the band's 13th number-one single on the Billboard 'Alternative Songs' chart, setting a new record.
This rock groove plays alternating sixteenth notes between the ride bell and hi-hat. The snare remains on the classic beats 2 and 4 while the hands do the embellishing.
This 'Bo Diddly' inspired beat uses the same bass and snare drum rhythm in both measures. However in the first measure, the accents on the hi-hat fall with the bass drum. In the second measure, the hi-hat accents 'echo' the bass drum pattern. This variation creates a more interesting sounding rhythm without altering its essence.
This groove uses a funky, syncopated sixteenth note ostinato on the hi-hat.
Justin Timberlake's latest hit single "Can't Stop the Feeling" was released in May 2016 and entered the Billboard charts near the top.
Combining a touch of funky ride and a solid rock bass, this beat is a great fusion of styles with a unique sound.
Learn this disco-esque drum beat that borrows some of the hi-hat techniques and snare pattern used in the song Le Freak by Chic.
We borrowed a technique used by Rodney Holmes in the Santana song Smooth to create this syncopated groove.