For the Basic Shuffle Drum Beats lesson we only looked at playing the Snare and Bass drum at the same time as the shuffled Hi-Hat. For most music this works fine and we can create a whole host of cool sounding shuffle grooves just with this technique.
In this lesson though, we will be looking at utilising the second partial of the triplet or the note that falls in between the shuffled Hi-Hat part.
This can be hard to get going at first as this middle triplet note is notoriously hard to hear and “feel”. I don’t know why this is but the second partial of the triplet is just a bit of a weird note to play on, especially when its played on its own. The first and third partial (the shuffle notes) are naturally easy to pick up but leave poor old “Mr Second Partial” neglected and forgotten about…
Well, not any more!
The following drum grooves will teach you how to hear and feel the second partial of the triplet within your shuffle drum beats. Its also going to help you to hear this partial whenever you play triplets so its worth spending some time with.
Some of these beats are a little wacky due to the placement of the Snare, Bass drum and moving Backbeat. You might not play all of these grooves on a gig but they’re great as a teaching tool.
Remember to focus on maintaining the shuffle Hi-Hat pattern. If the Snare and Bass placement is affecting your Hi-Hat then slow back down and focus on your right hand.
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Always try and loop the bars when practicing so that the drum beat has a chance to sink in and that your limbs get a chance to learn the coordination. You can also try mixing up the bars so that you play one of each without stopping or loop just two bars for example. Use your imagination!
As I’ve talked about during previous lessons, your body needs to learn muscle memory in order to execute these patterns effortlessly. The right hand will eventually learn to play the shuffle part automatically and won’t require you to focus on the movement any more.
Some of these grooves are a little strange but are well worth sticking with. If your right hand can maintain a shuffle rhythm on the Hi-Hat while placing the Bass and Snare where written then you know you must be doing well!
For the more advanced player you might consider playing all of these drum beats with ¼ notes on the Hi-Hat instead of the shuffle. You can also try all of these drum beats with the drum fills found in the 12/8 Drum Fills lesson.
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