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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 – 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 – 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 – September 2016

“You Only Need Me When You’re Down” – Danielle Nicole – 2015 – Stanton Moore – 88bpm This month’s groove comes from rising blues star Danielle Nicole. This was another tune brought to me by a student and I was thrilled when I found the song was performed by Stanton Moore, drummer of Galactic and…




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Groove Of The Month – May 2016

“Locked Out Of Heaven” – Bruno Mars – 2012 – Homer Steinweiss – 148bpm This month’s groove comes from Bruno Mars’ 2012 hit “Locked Out Of Heaven.” Homer Steinweiss of the Dap-Kings and countless New York sessions gives us this tight beat that due to its lack of a kick on count one propels the…




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Groove Of The Month – April 2016

“My Doorbell” – The White Stripes – 96bpm – Meg White – 2005 This month we take a look at Meg White’s deep pocket on The White Stripes “My Doorbell.” This groove again falls into the category of very easy to play on its surface, yet much harder to play in the correct feel, which…




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Technology and Teaching – Groove Scribe

Groove Scribe is an online transcription and composition tool for drumset brought to us by Mike Johnston and the great people over at Mikeslessons.com. It combines the worlds of a WYSIWYG interface, drum tab, and western musical notation. It easily allows a user to write, listen to and share a groove. This is a great…




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Groove Of The Month – January 2016

“Them Changes” – 82bpm – Thundercat – 2015 As you may have read, one of our biggest goals for 2016 here at the Musician’s Notepad is to greatly expand our video content. Part of achieving that goal is augmenting Groove Of The Month with a video segment. The videos combine the written analysis of the…




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Groove Of The Month – July 2015

“Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift – Shellback – 2014 Summer Jam! Well, ok, so maybe technically it’s a fall and winter jam, but doesn’t this one just feel like a summer jam?  Your students are going to love this one or hate this one. Taylor Swift is just that kind of polarizing artist. That…