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Old 12-18-2013, 02:10 AM
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Hello fellow drummers!

Often when I practice or play for fun I tend to play a certain type of beats and fills, I don't challenge my comfort zone. Therefore I've been making a list of songs with other beats/styles than the regular 4/4.

I know there are a million songs that would fit into these categories but I'm thinking the more the better!

Please contribute with your own suggestions and have in mind that the drums/beat/groove of the song should have something "special" or "extra". They don't have to be difficult but they should be interesting! Some more modern songs that are "well-produced" would be nice.

Half-tempo

311 – Amber
Arabella – Don’t Believe Your Eyes
Bee Gees - Nights on Broadway
Bill Withers – Use Me
Chaka Khan – Through The Fire
Freddie King – Going Down
Herbie Hancock - Watermelon Man
Herbie Hancock – Palm Grease
James Brown – Funky Drummer
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind
Lenny Kravitz – It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over
Little Feat – Dixie Chicken
Maroon 5 – Wake Up Call
Micheal McDonald - I Keep Forgettin
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sex Sugar Magik
Rush – Tom Sawyer
The Police – Roxanne
The Roots – The Otherside
Toto – Georgy Porgy
Warren G/Nate Dogg – Regulate

Half-tempo shuffle/Purdie-shuffle

Clutch - The Amazing Kreskin
Dave Matthews Band – When The World Ends
Death Cab For Cutie - Grapevine Fires
Galactic – Goodnight
James Taylor - Hard Times
Jamiroquai – Virtual Insanity
Joe Satriani - It's So Good
John Scofield – Blue Matter
Led Zeppelin – Fool In The Rain
Micheal McDonald - Any foolish thing
Nik Kershaw – Walkabout
Pete Townshend – Fast Food
Ray Charles & James Taylor - Sweet Potato Pie
Rickie Lee Jones - Chuck E's In Love
Santeria – Sublime
Steely Dan – Babylon Sisters
Steely Dan – Home At Last
Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster
Tingsek – Six Years
Toto - Mama
Toto - Rosanna
Toto – Pamela
Tower Of Power – Credit
Undercover - Brandon Fields
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton

Shuffle

Amanda Jenssen – Amarula Tree
Amanda Jenssen – Dry My Soul
Amanda Jenssen – Happyland
Beatles – Revolution
Big Ten Inch Record – Aerosmith
Booker T and the MG's - Green Onions
Boz Scaggz – Lido Shuffle
Charlotte Perelli – Tusen Och En Natt
Cliffs Of Dover – Eric Johnson
Curtis Mayfield – Freddie’s Dead
Deep Purple – Black Night
Deep Purple – Strange Kind Of Woman
Donald Fagan - Walk Between the Raindrops
Eric Clapton – Sweet Home Chicago
Fleetwood Mac – Shake Your Moneymaker
Golden Earring - Radar Love
I.G.Y - Donald Fagen
James Taylor - How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You
Jeff Beck – Freeway Jam
Jethro Tull - Nothing Is Easy
Molly Hatchet - Flirtin' With Disaster
Steely Dan – Black Friday
Steely Dan – Reelin In The Years
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Cold Shot
Stevie Wonder – Higher Ground
Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Hey Joe
The Meters - Hey Pocky A-Way
The Meters – Cissy Strut
The Meters – Funky Miracle
Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back In Town
Tingsek – Good VS Bad
ZZ Top - Tush
ZZ Top – La Grange

6/8 and 12/8

Al Jarreau - Black And Blues
George Thorogood - Bad to the Bone
Iron Maiden – Blood Brothers
Kim Mitchell – All We Are
Led Zeppelin – Since I’ve Been Loving You
Maroon 5 – Back At Your Door
Ray Charles/BB King – Sinner’s Prayer
Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely
Ted Gardestad - Back In The Business
Ted Gärdestad - Satellit
Toto – Hold The Line
Tower of Power - Pocketfull of soul
Tower Of Power - You’re Still A Young Man

16th note Hi-Hat (Right/Left)

Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
Chic – Everybody Dance
Chic – Le Freak
Deep Purple – Smoke On The Water
Iron Maiden – Run To The Hills
Jamiroquai – Cosmic Girl
Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Parallel Universe
Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Zephyr Song
Steve Miller Band – Swingtown
The Cure – Hot Hot Hot
U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday
Weather Report – Predator

Jazz

Art Blakey – Blues March
Art Blakey – Moanin
Benny Goodman – Sing, Sing, Sing
Chick Corea - Spain
Clifford Brown – Joy Spring
Count Basie – Lullaby Of Birdland
Count Basie – Splanky
Dexter Gordon – A Night In Tunisia
Dizzy Gillespie – Manteca
Duke Ellington - Such Sweet Thunder
Duke Ellington/John Coltrane – In A Sentimental Mood
Eric Dolphy – Hat And Beard
Frank Sinatra – Fly Me To The Moon
Grant Green – Mambo Inn
Herbie Hancock - Cantaloupe Island
Horace Silver – Sister Sadie
Horace Silver – The Kicker
Miles Davis – So What
Nat King Cole - Orange Colored Sky
New York Jazz Lounge
New York Voices – Smack Dab In The Middle
Sonny Rollins – St. Thomas
Thelonious Monk – Bemsha Swing
Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Dream
Wayne Shorter – Speak No Evil
Wayne Shorter – Witch Hunt
Wes Montgomery – Four On Six

Jazz with brushes

Bill Evans – I Should Care
Bill Evans – Waltz For Debby
Chick Corea – Tones For Joan’s Bones
Dave Brubeck - Strange Meadow Lark
Dave Brubeck – Kathy’s Waltz
Gerry Mulligan - Bernie's Tune
Jane Monheit - Honeysuckle Rose
Nina Simone – Mood Indigo
Thelonious Monk - Round Midnight

Bossa-nova

Antonio Carlos Jobim - Águas de Março
Antonio Carlos Jobim/Frank Sinatra – The Girl From Ipanema
Joao Gilberto – Desafinado
Joe Henderson – Blue Bossa
New York Jazz Lounge – Bar Jazz Bossa
Stan Getz – The Bossa Nova Albums

Latin/Jazz

Dizzy Gillespie – Manteca
Grant Green – Mambo Inn
Machito – Tanga
Mario Bauza - Mambo Inn
Mongo Santamaria – Watermelon Man

Reggae

Bob Marley
Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come
Kultiration – En Timme Kvar Att Leva
The Police – Walking On The Moon
Toots & The Maytals – Funky Kingston

2/4

Carola – Fångad Av En Stormvind
Deep Purple – Fireball
Deep Purple – Highway Star
Iron Maiden – Fear Of The Dark
Queens Of The Stone Age – No One Knows
Sweet – Ballroom Blitz
The Pointer Sisters – I’m So Excited

3/4

Jimi Hendrix – Manic Depression
John Coltrane - My Favorite Things
Toots Thielemans - Bluesette
Wayne Shorter – Footprints

5/4 and 5/8

Dave Brubeck - Take Five
Mission Impossible Theme
Sting – Seven Days

7/4 and 7/8

Gov’t Mule - About to Rage
Oceansize - Catalyst
Porcupine Tree - The Sound Of Muzak
Seal - Dream In Metaphors
Sting - Love Is Stronger Than Justice

9/8

Sting - I Hung My Head

Changing time signatures

Dave Brubeck - Blue Rondo A La Turk
Led Zeppelin - The Crunge
Led Zeppelin – The Ocean
Salem al Fakir – Two Long Distance To Great Thoughts

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Old 12-18-2013, 04:58 AM
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Pretty big list there. Your odd time stuff is a bit bare. I've been meaning to add more to my little list of odd stuff to play through but here's what I do at the moment (not the entire songs just certain grooves within them):

5/8 - mission impossible
5/4 - tool - the grudge
5/4 - planet x - interlude in milan

7/8 - oceansize - catalyst
7/8 - seal - dream in metaphors
7/4 - porcupine tree - the sound of muzak
7/4 - dig - first steps
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Old 12-18-2013, 05:03 AM
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Sting – Seven Days
This is in 5/4, not 7/8.
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Old 12-18-2013, 02:48 PM
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Great odd time suggestions! I put some of them on the list.

Also moved Seven Days...
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Old 12-18-2013, 05:13 PM
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Whipping Post; Allman Brothers...it's a real neat count in parts where it is 11/4

Also, The Seven Rays by Utopia is one that seems to have several odd ball things going on...but I can't figure it out.

I would love to have someone help out and figure out the signature of the intro and some of the other funky sections.
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Old 12-19-2013, 03:12 AM
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Junker, that one hell of a great list! I will print that!!!!!! Thanks Denis
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Old 12-19-2013, 02:32 PM
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Cissy Strut is swong but not a shuffle
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Old 12-19-2013, 03:16 PM
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Cissy Strut is swong but not a shuffle
I know the drum groove in Cissy Strut is somewhere between straight and shuffle but the rest of the instrument and the "feel" of the song is, for me, shuffle. Not a regular blues/texas shuffle but a song with shuffle feel and that's the kind of songs I placed in this category.
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The Test Of Time. Great set of tracks without drums that randomly cut out. You keep playing said groove for the track when it cuts out if your tempo is correct you will come in on time when the songs comes back in. Its good fun
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Old 12-21-2013, 06:14 AM
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I think one of the coolest ways to practice is to put on the radio or Pandora with headphones and start playing along to a station you like. This can really help you get better and it can be fun and challenging.
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Old 12-21-2013, 06:22 AM
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The Test Of Time. Great set of tracks without drums that randomly cut out. You keep playing said groove for the track when it cuts out if your tempo is correct you will come in on time when the songs comes back in. Its good fun
Might want to make sure the song you do this to was actually done to a click if you do this. Some older songs weren't recorded to them and might drift.
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Old 12-23-2013, 07:06 AM
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Ahhhh thank you for this post! I was going to ask you guys to suggest songs to play 7/8 to but this is perfect. Thanks a lot, Junker. This is some good shit.
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