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Groove Of The Month – August 2017

“Maps” – Yeah Yeah Yeahs – 2003 – Brian Chase – 120 bpm This month’s groove is an interesting take on the 3-3-2 that comes to us from Brian Chase and Yeah Yeah Yeahs 2003 hit “Maps.” A 3-3-2 is a 4/4 groove that instead of dividing the pulse into four quarters or a faster…




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Groove Of The Month July 2017

Jack And Diane – John Mellencamp – 1982 – Kenny Aronoff – 104bpm This month’s groove came to me from watching the new documentary on musical sidemen “Hired Gun” and the prominent role of the rock solid Kenny Aronoff in the film. As he talks about in literally every interview he’s ever done, the drum…




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Groove Of The Month – June 2017

“My Wave” – Soundgarden – 1994 – Matt Cameron – 126 bpm This month’s groove is comes to us from Soundgarden’s 1994 masterpiece Superunknown. Matt Cameron is a master of odd time signatures and “My Wave” is the perfect doorway in for a student new to that concept. This is what I call an additive…




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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…




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Groove Of The Month – April 2017

“Foreclosure Of A Dream” – Megadeth – 1992 – Nick Menza – 136 bpm This month our groove comes to us from the chorus of Megadeth’s “Foreclosure Of A Dream.” This was the first double bass song I heard as a young inexperienced drummer that wasn’t an unapproachable display of speed and stamina, and still…




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Groove Of The Month – March 2017

“Cold Sweat” – James Brown – 1967 – Clyde Stubblefield – 112bpm On February 18th of this year the world lost one of the great magicians of the drumkit when Clyde Stubblefield, drummer for James Brown, and most possibly the most sampled drummer of all time passed away at the age of 73 from renal…




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Groove Of The Month – February 2017

“Go With The Flow” – Queens Of The Stone Age – 2002 – Dave Grohl – 160bpm A good drum hook can be more powerful than any guitar riff. There is no band that does it better than Queens Of The Stone Age. Josh Homme, the band’s songwriter, producer, guitar player, and frontman has worked…




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Groove Of The Month – December 2016

“Vasoline” – Stone Temple Pilots – 1994 – Eric Kretz – 84bpm At PASIC 2016, I saw both JoJo Mayer and Jost Nickel talk about their interpretative use of the paradiddle on the drumset. In both cases they were at least in part talking about the idea that interpretation of a rhythm is as important…




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Groove Of The Month – November 2016

“Detox” – Strapping Young Lad – 1997 – Gene Hoglan – 164bpm Hot on the tails of our “I’m Not A Metal Guy” piece our Groove Of The Month comes from metal master Gene Hoglan and the band Strapping Young Lad with “Detox”. Since, well, I’m not A metal guy, we’ve enlisted the help of…




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Groove Of The Month – October 2016

  “My Silver Lining” – First Aid Kit – Niclas Lindström – 102 bpm Click Here for the side by side demonstration video This month our groove comes to us from the Swedish duo First Aid Kit. Drummer Niclas Lindström, no not the famed Detroit Red Wings defenseman, gives us the laid back, solid time…