ZZ Top drives the rock shuffle to the top of the charts with La Grange. In this lesson, we'll look at the rock shuffle, groove timing and some triplet fills used in La Grange by ZZ Top.
This is the groove I used in a 30 second drum solo for DrumOffTV, and as promised this is a break down of that beat. It is simple as a 16th note pattern but gets a little more tricky when you add the 32nd note doubles.
This is a Steve Gadd style linear rhythm with some 32nd note double chucked in there for an extra challenge! I found this a real tricky beat to get the hang of and I am still learning it to this day. The key to getting this one sounding half decent is to concentrate on getting the dynamics of the snare drum down. You have to be quite delicate with the ghost notes or the groove wont sound quite right. Once you are confortable with the pattern, try moving the right hand around the toms for slight variations too.
Improve your jazz drumming. In this lesson I'll teach you how to play "Push Beats" from a jazz/swing feel. Purchase Transcription. http://www.JOHNXDRUMS.com/Pages/Video_lessons.html A push beat is method of ending a jazz phrase on the upbeat of a measure. Become a better jazz drummer by incorporating this hip, great sounding technique into your playing.
My last drum lesson focused on ways to expand and experiment with your own drum fills. To demonstrate the fills, I grooved some beats and then played the fill. I had a big response from people enjoying the lesson but also interested in the grooves I played. This Monday's lesson, I'm giving the notation for those grooves and an explanation.