This drum tutorial looks at the classic half time shuffle drum beat. Famous examples of this type of beat include Jeff Porcaro on Toto’s track ‘Rosanna’, Bernard Purdie on Steely Dan’s ‘Home at Last’, and John Bonham on Led Zeppelin’s ‘Fool in the Rain’. These are all amazing tracks with sublime half time shuffle grooves.
But this particular drum tutorial takes that classic style of beat and puts it in a 16th note subdivision. So the twelve 8th note triplets that originally existed have now been turned into 12 16th notes, which totals three whole beats.
Therefore this groove naturally resolves after one bar of three four time signature.
Watch the video drum tutorial below where it is explained slowly. This gives a really interesting twist to the Purdie shuffle which could give you some interesting approaches to your drum beat creation process.
Once you’ve got the hang of it, try using it in a band scenario or with recording software when writing music. It can create some great effects within the music.
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