Here’s my tutorial on this great two bar linear beat used in the M.I.A. song “Paper Planes!” Love this song and I have so much fun playing it as a linear groove. Linear drumming is when no two limbs overlap on top of each other, and never causes a compound note. By not playing two notes at the same time it causes the beat to flow in a unique way. This technique is used often in Fusion music. Players such as; Steve Gadd, Terry Bozzio and Dennis Chambers are just a few of the many top notch drummers who demonstrated this technique in well known songs.
Enjoy “Paper Planes!”
Here’s a popular one with students! Page 72 #1-4 from my book Groove Diagnostics. This section deals with 6/8 Time Signature and is used in Blues, Rock, Gospel and R&B! 8th notes on the hi-hat, “4″ on the snare drum, variations of quarter and 8th notes on bass drum and fills of the fourth measure. I’m doing each one 3 times each before moving onto the next one. Enjoy these popular grooves!
Groove Diagnostics is a book that started working on in 2001 and finished in 2005. It has everything from Rock to Hip-Hop to Mambo to Jazz. For every groove you learn a fill! No other book is formatted this way! You can order my book via this link! http://drumsonsale.com/product.php?id_product=2067
This was always such a silly song with a killer beat! Ironic that the cheesy songs always have cool beats. Anyway, here’s “Hott In Herre” by Nelly. The video breaks down all limbs.
Notice at the end of the video I’m adding some embellishments; 5 strokes on hi-hat, 6 stroke rolls around the toms, and 3:4 pattern using 5 stroke rolls on hi-hat and snare(Garibaldi lick).