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Happy Birthday Jeff Porcaro!

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Published on: April 2, 2013

Studio great Jeff Porcaro would have been 59 yesterday. (April 1st, 2013) Throughout his career, Jeff was a first-call session drummer and played on countless albums. His resume is impressive and includes the likes of Toto, Boz Scaggs, and Steely Dan just to name a few. Though already well respected in the drumming community, his groove on Toto’s ‘Rosanna’ ensured he would be in the hearts and minds of drummers for several generations. The groove is a half-time shuffle not unlike that played by Bernard Purdie and John Bonham, however, Jeff’s has a little Bo Diddley undercurrent that sets it apart. His expert use of ghost notes really helps to propel the song and the quarter-note straight time pre-chorus serves as a nice contrast. Jeff left us way too soon, (August 5th, 1992) but his grooves will continue to be enjoyed for years to come.

Happy Birthday Art Blakey! Shuffle 1 – Multicam

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Published on: October 11, 2012

Jazz great Art Blakey would be 93 today! (Oct.11, 2012) This is the third video in the ‘Drummer’s Birthdays’ series and demonstrates Art’s signature jazz shuffle. It is a little tricky co-ordination wise because the snare is kind of a mirror image of what the ride cymbal is doing. The bass drum and unaccented snare notes should be played quietly. I have included notation below. I will be posting videos of other shuffle rhythms from time to time so keep an eye out!

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