The names of beats

Pollyanna

Platinum Member
I asked Wy about the name of the beat that lots of beginners (and some daggy old farts like me :) play when they are trying to flow. He told me it was called the boogaloo. Here's some boogaloo variations from a pro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IZHeu6xDZM

Not long ago a couple of members told me about the money beat - the straight beat so many of us play. Here are some awesome money beats at a clinic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvuItPjE8ek ... plus some of the best air drumming I've seen near the 2 minute mark :)

What are some of the beats you love yo play? Any style - rock, jazz, blues, classical, whatever. Is there a name for them? Great if you can add links ...
 

aydee

Platinum Member
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clyde stubblefield - funky drummer groove
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3xSXc1vy5I

subsequently updated by Dennis Chambers- fatback groove
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04VtMZnOFPE

Steve Gadd - 50 ways groove
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZZLLYEzKE8

Bernard Purdie- Half time Shuffle
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9t0VlzJeNvA

subsequebtly updated by Dennis Chambers who wanted blow it out of the water!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YEG0WX4Hcc


Will Kennedy- Mugabe groove
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmhtbiTZ0uA

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GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
Staff member
When I was a mere youth growing up in the 60's with Motown, the most popular was what we called fatback.
 

larryace

"Uncle Larry"
Bernard Purdie must have a certain degree of satisfaction knowing that a beat forever bears his name. How many other beats has the originator's name? I can't think of any besides BP.
 

Pollyanna

Platinum Member
I can't think of any. Aydee mentioned the 50 Ways Groove by Steve Gadd but that got credited to the tune. I think that's more a distinctive one-off than a standard; I've not heard anyone play it to another tune
 

NUTHA JASON

Senior Administrator
the train beat and its variants - my favourite being gallows pole by led zep.

one drop reggae

i also like a lot of world beats like the soukous, the mozambique, the 6/8 mambo and the cruzado samba ... the list is enormous now that i start thinking of it.

j
 

Pollyanna

Platinum Member
the train beat and its variants - my favourite being gallows pole by led zep.

one drop reggae

i also like a lot of world beats like the soukous, the mozambique, the 6/8 mambo and the cruzado samba ... the list is enormous now that i start thinking of it.
Yeah, the train beat. Good pickup, Jason. Agree about Gallows Pole - great. The drummer of an Aussie/Kiwi band, Kevin Borich Express, John Annas, used to do a killer train beat in Going Dowtown (unfortunately this link has another drummer who is good but not a monster like John was).

Another I've heard mentioned is the rock steady beat but I'm not sure what it is. Is that like the start of Honky Tonk Women?

And, to confirm, is the one drop reggae beat the one where you play slightly swung 1/8s on the hats and the kick drum on three?

I don't know the world beats you mention, though. Are there any examples? Googling hasn't been much help in all this, hence the thread. For some reason I find that talk of different rhythms is good for breaking out of drumming ruts and avoiding always playing the same old same old.

Cheers!
 

larryace

"Uncle Larry"
Agreed Polly rhythms are really what it's all about. I like this thread because it will remind me of beats I likely' haven't thought about lately, like Boogaloo.
 

Pollyanna

Platinum Member
The money beat again!

Ah, another one just came to mind - the Bo Diddley Beat.

It's been played by a lot of people - The Stones - Not Fade Away, George Michael - Faith, The Doors - Who Do you Love, David Bowie - Panic in Detriot and no doubt many more. I think my fave rendition is by John Densmore in The Door's version of Who Do You Love.

Yeah Larry, that's what I was hoping for - a little treasure trove of great beats, often already known but just as often forgotten.
 

rhydianjlewis

Senior Member
And i agree with larryace, you forget the huge range of rhythms and possibilities within drumming sometimes, and its good to bring them back. listening to gallows pole now, awesome.
 

Steady Freddy

Pioneer Member
Another I've heard mentioned is the rock steady beat but I'm not sure what it is. Is that like the start of Honky Tonk Women?
The Rock Steady break is from the tune Rock Steady by Aretha Franklin with Bernard Purdie on drums. It was released in 71,

I heard a story that during that session Aretha dropped the sheet music and everyone stopped playing except for Bernard. Maybe it's an urban legend, but it's one of the greatest drum breaks ever.
 

Deltadrummer

Platinum Member
The Rock Steady break is from the tune Rock Steady by Aretha Franklin with Bernard Purdie on drums. It was released in 71,

I heard a story that during that session Aretha dropped the sheet music and everyone stopped playing except for Bernard. Maybe it's an urban legend, but it's one of the greatest drum breaks ever.
It's not. I heard Purdie tell the story. The "rock . . .steady" during that part is Aretha keeping the singing going while on her knees getting the music.

another great groove is Soul Vaccination from Tower of Power. and Oakland Stroke or What is Hip? I don't think David Garibaldi is often given enough of his props.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0c0QEgJ_0l0
 
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