Can’t Hide Love

From Drum Charts

This month I will be taking an in depth look at the drumming of singer-songwriter, arranger, record producer, band leader and drummer Maurice White. He was founder and lead singer of the band Earth, Wind & Fire and one of three incredible drummers for the group along with younger brother Fred White and Ralph Johnson. White’s drumming also appears on … Read More

The “takadi” fill

From Drumadiddle

Takadi - Essential FillsIn the first of this new series of “1-Beat Wonders” I will begin with what I call the “takadi” fill. I normally introduce students to the concept of “fill-ins” by providing a few one-beat rhythms to play at the end of a measure and then voicing it in different ways around the kit. In my opinion a “fill-in” is really … Read More

Got To Give It Up

From Beat Sheets

Got To Give It Up - Beat Sheet_000001A classic groove found on a million soul, disco and funk tracks; “Got To Give It Up” is a perfect example of a four-on-the-floor groove with open hats on the “and” of 4. What a shame it’s in the press this week because of the “Blurred Lines” controversy (no comment), this Marvin Gaye hit deserves to be remembered simply for … Read More

Uptown Funk

From Drum Charts

Uptown Funk - Drum Chart

Here is a drum chart for the song “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson. Not only does Bruno Mars feature as vocalist on this recording, he lays down some PHAT drums as well! Also check out the FUNK in Jamareo Artis’s bass lines… Beautiful. I’ve made an “Essential Fills” sheet for this as well as a “Notebook” with some ways to … Read More