Ostinato Three Funk

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!

Stripping the Ghostly Funk

This groove nails a host of embellishments, but what happens when you strip them away? Check it out!

Dark Necessities – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Beat

"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.

Grooving Sixteenth Rock with Funky Rolls

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.

Echoing the Rhythm

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.

Have Some E Ands

This groove uses a funky, syncopated sixteenth note ostinato on the hi-hat.

Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake's latest hit single "Can't Stop the Feeling" was released in May 2016 and entered the Billboard charts near the top.

Playing with the Ride – Drum Beat

Combining a touch of funky ride and a solid rock bass, this beat is a great fusion of styles with a unique sound.

Disco Hats – Drum Beat

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.

Syncopated Hi-Hat and Bass Drum – Drum Beat

We borrowed a technique used by Rodney Holmes in the Santana song Smooth to create this syncopated groove.

Linear Funk Drum Beat

This slick funk groove is a linear pattern broken up between the toms, snare and bass drum.

Funk Rock Fusion – Drum Beat

This fusion drum beat conceals the one with multiple layers including the open hi-hat, bass drum and slick rim knock pattern.

Adventure of a Lifetime – Coldplay

This two-measure groove propels Coldplay's latest hit 'Adventure of a Lifetime' (2015).

F.T.B. – Robert Glasper – Beat

This microscopically complex beat played by Damion Reid, sets the tone for Robert Glasper's tune "F.T.B." It features rapid 32nd note paradiddle-diddles played between the hi-hat and snare (beginning on the 'e' of beats 2 and 4). Meanwhile, the bass drum anchors the feel – sounding on beats 1 and 3. The drum part evolves organically throughout the piece while maintaining a relaxed vibe.

Super Bon Bon – Soul Coughing

The main drum beat from Super Bon Bon by Soul Coughing.

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