The Rosanna drum beat is a classic drum pattern that is well worth a closer look.
Today we’re looking at the session legend Jeff Porcaro who was famous for his great feel. One of his most famous offerings is the half time shuffle in the Toto hit ‘Rosanna’. Download the sheet music HERE. The video below takes you through the rhythm with the man himself, Jeff Porcaro, demonstrating how he came up with, and played the groove. The video breaks it down to indivdual parts which correspond to the attached PDF file. Below is also the original video of Toto playing the track.
Check out the many live versions on Youtube, many featuring Simon Phillips who took over the drum throne after Porcaro’s untimely death.