Groove Of The Month – May 2017

“Young Folks” – Peter, Bjorn, and John – 2006 – John Eriksson – 138bpm

This month’s groove is Swedish group Peter, Bjorn, and John’s 2006 hit “Young Folks.” This song has a straight ahead eighths groove with snares ghosted around in a fairly common pattern. During the intro, chorus’ and outro however, there is a prominent shaker overdub, which leads to a fun and easy way to have students play grooves with things other than sticks.

This is a two measure groove with bass drum on the 1, 3, and 3& of each measure, and snares on 2 and 4. There are additional snares ghosted in on the 2a of the first measure and the 2a and 3e of the second measure. Feel free to interchange these two measures as the song goes on to create the feel you want. To play the song without the shaker add running eighth note hihats. If you use the shaker, make that a running sixteenth note rhythm with accents on the downbeat.


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Shaker tips!

Hold the shaker with your fingertips at shoulder level. Make sure your elbow is comfortably bent and your palm is up. This will give you the best control as well as let the shaker resonate.For each throw of a shaker you get two notes, one for the forward throw and one for the pull back. Thus if you throw at an eighth note speed you get a sixteenth note rhythm. On top of that you can get an accent on the downbeats if you move your entire arm on those counts. If you haven’t done this before and it feels awkward, don’t fret. It will just take a little practice to build the muscle memory.

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Groove of the month is a monthly column dedicated to drumset beats that generally do not fall into my standard teaching patterns. They tend to be interesting beats that function on a few different levels, that way the beat can be used with many different students for many different reasons

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