Groove Selection

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Here we go with a selection of my favourite drum grooves.

SPIN DOCTORS – TWO PRINCES

Back in 1993 (yes, really!) Spin Doctors released the single Two Princes which reached no.3 in the UK Charts. Aaron Comess really grabbed by attention with his awesome playing on this track, and his gorgeous snare drum sound has been discussed many times on the internet. (If you’re wondering, it was a 14″ x 4.5″ Brady piccolo snare).

Watch out for all those ghost notes on the snare drum, and the sneaky little opened hi-hat at the start of the first bar.

Here’s the groove:

(notation and groove player courtesy of Mike Johnston’s excellent Groovescribe tool)

And here’s the original song on YouTube:

EXTREME – GET THE FUNK OUT

Extreme released their fantastic Pornograffitti album in 1990, and Get The Funk Out is definitely one of my favourite tracks. The album also contained “More Than Words”, a gentle acoustic ballad, and “Hole Hearted”, an acoustic folk song, and were perhaps the least representative tracks on the album in terms of their musical style.

Here’s the groove:


(notation and groove player courtesy of Mike Johnston’s excellent Groovescribe tool)

And here’s the original song on YouTube:

BILL WITHERS – USE ME

featuring the drum wizardry of the legendary James Gadson.

Here’s the groove:

(notation and groove player courtesy of Mike Johnston’s excellent Groovescribe tool)

And here’s the original song on YouTube: (live version with Mr Gadson looking like the coolest cat in town)